Mulled Wine/ Gluwein/ Glogg
By Eliza Gower | Posted in Plating Up | 19 July 2012 11:05AM
The Swedes sip it spiked with spirits and raisins, the Germans with a distinctive orange pungency, and the English prefer it to be innocuous and sweet. Here, well, we just take it how it comes...
Like a little glass of Christmas wrapped in a warm fuzzy blanket, mulled wine is winter’s answer to sangria. Filled with a bouquet of spices, spiked with brandy and sweetened with sugar, it is essentially a liquid hug, or alcohol’s answer to plum pudding. Not a want, but a daily necessity!
The Euros have been all over this magic for centuries, but it seems to have only just stealthed onto Brisbane’s hip-list this winter. Suddenly, every chino-clad cool cat has his nose immersed in a steaming hot mug, but, nonetheless, this is one fad we’re happy to approve of.
So, roll up your chinos and get your cold bones to one of these hip and happening ‘hot’ spots (ouch, it had to be done) before winter blows her last icy gust.
A sweet and heart warming brew, packed with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and orange peel; a little bit sticky; a little bit alcoholic; a whole lot delicious. (They actually classify this a ‘cocktail’, so probably best not to drive).
Where: The End | 73 Vulture Street in West End
A slightly less sweet, but no less delicious variety of mulled wine, The Bear’s brew changes slightly each night, but it is consistently delicious. And by far the best drink to accompany their delicious jazz and vinyl.
Where: Black Bear Lodge | 322 Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley
Contact: 07 3252 4276
Old Junk Bar is a little bit tricksy. Their new selection of winter warmers includes a ‘heated sangria’. Lovely mulled wine in Brisbane-friendly clothing, I would suggest... Like every drink at Junk Bar, it is made with love and presented beautifully, and is no less mulled for its slightly confusing name.
Where: Junk Bar | 215 Waterworks Road in Ashgrove
Contact: 07 3869 2311
Mulled wine not your thing? Have a read of our Gin 101...