With the mercury dropping, at a fairly rapid rate in Melbourne, it’s time to say goodbye to peachy Pinot Gris and Rose on balmy summer afternoons. Instead, it would be far more appropriate to warm the soul and body with a warm tipple. The one currently at the forefront of the mind is mulled wine, which you may also see around as ‘gluhwein’, the German or Austrian way of calling it.
Mulled wine is pretty straight forward, take some spices (cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg are commonly used) and fruit, boil it on the stove, then add some red wine and simmer through. What you are left with is a warm, spicier version of a sangria, the fruits and the spice taking the alcoholic edge off the wine, adding a sweetness instead. It is a lovely drink to cup one’s hands around and slowly sip in a cosy gathering of friends.
If you are not so adventurous to try making it at home yourself, you can try mulled wine at one of the following bars instead…
61 High Street
Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf/Federation Square
Rhone Wine & Tapas
125 Victoria Avenue
22 Drewery Place
Cabinet Bar & Balcony
Naked for Satan
285 Brunswick Street