I don’t like drinks made with wines .. I shudder to think of mixing condensed milk in a wine … #prontofalei (lol). But I make an exception, a single exception: mulled wine! Oh, what a delight to arrive at a June party and have that well-made mulled wine, with sugar and spices to suit us, which warms us up, seems to harmonize perfectly with the “food” of winter parties, and on top of that, it leaves a fantastic aroma up in the air! These days, a Colombian student who came to do an exchange in our laboratory overheard us talking about “who would take the hot wine to the party”, and he commented: “It is not possible to drink vino caliente!” (it is not possible to drink mulled wine!). After having a lot of laughs, I was curious … Could it be that only we Brazilians drink hot wine? Coincidentally, Marina Mori sent me a link that told the story of mulled wine and, to my surprise, the text was in English! So let me summarize here the history of this drink so tasty that makes me give up my prejudice towards drinks made with wines !!!
According to the author of the article Felicity Cloake, hot wine began to be served during festive seasons in the United States in order to disguise the poor quality of the wine they were serving, and for this, the hosts added a generous amount of sugar to the drink. Curious as to what the best mulled wine recipe would be, she found a recipe dated 1930 in a French book, a recipe that she reproduced and referred to as: “The amount of spices was so great that it could be used to ward off pests… I imagine the terrible quality that the wines were that year! ” rsrsrsrsrs
After that he found a recipe made with spices tea, but now from the 19th century, a recipe he called “extremely vague”, since there were no exact measures to be followed … And so he found and reproduced several recipes. Some added honey, orange, lemon, others were very elaborate recipes, like that of British chef Jamie Oliver, in which he prepares a syrup based on sugar, juice and citrus peels … and he even found Scandinavian recipes!
After reading your article, it became very clear to me that mulled wine is quite common in countries with very intense winters, and perhaps that is why our Colombian colleague did not know such a drink, since Colombia has a milder winter, but it would not explain why our country soooo hot has this custom …
In short: mulled wine is a very old drink, consumed at festive times all over the world, and as I imagined (since I don’t like the idea of “spoiling a wine with sugar”), it came to disguise the bad taste of wines from poor quality, and finally, regardless of its origin, it is already part of our traditional June party (but I take it any day when it’s cold!
Dani made a hot wine recipe here for the website. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/1pxxGi3
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