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If you thought wine was already pretty great, just add some spices, fruit and flame for a fragrant and intoxicating good time.
Mulled wine began, as did most things, as a Roman accident. Originally brewed by famed doctor Galen as an elixir to cure hayfever, mulled wine was considered a failed but tasty experiment. Not wanting to go out on a complete loss, Galen used the leftover liquor to entertain guests at his winter Bacchanalia and it took off like a rocket. Soon the word of the Spicy-Hot-Fruit-Wine-Drink, as it was then known, scattered across Europe and found its homeland predominantly in the frigid north. Pretty much every region that’s ever seen a snowflake has its own special variety of mulled wine and now, after years of neglect, these recipes have made it to Brisbane.
Being the tropical wonderland that we are, Brisbane’s mulled wine makers are a secretive community with a cult following.
Here is where we’ll be getting our winter fix of mulled wine in Brisbane:
Black Forest Café
Obviously, no mulled wine list would even begin without a few hollers from our German friends at Black Forest. Their special brand of mulled nectar goes by the name of ‘gluhwein’ or ‘glow wine’ and goes down a treat after a pork knuckle.
The German Club
Across the M3, raise another stein of gluhwein to Angele Merkel, sauerkraut and the Christmas markets with the German Club’s own batch of mulled vino. They brew it strong so make sure you aren’t the designated.
Proving their proficiency at so much more than just gin, the charming lads at our favourite officer’s mess have been busy stirring up some tart and wintry comfort. Pop over to Dutch Courage for a few mugs of warming mulled wine and save yourself the price of a coat.
Felix Espresso and Winebar
The newly refurbished jewel of Burnett Lane has been busy brewing and spicing claret to put an end to the excuse that it’s too cold to go out. Mosey down to Felix for Friday night knock-off and stave off the winter bleakness with a glass or three.
Black Bear Lodge
The annual pots of mulled glory are back and brewing at Black Bear Lodge. These spiced possets are famed for providing the cockle-warming comfort the winter midnight requires.
Known for some of the best mulled vino in Brisbane, the cocktails wizards at The End have upped their game with a smashing new recipe this winter, and it’s going down a treat. It’s not a competition, but if it were I’d bet on The End.
Twig and Berry
For full-body winter warmth, go underground at the Twig and Berry. This cosy and secluded nook is made all the more so with a glass of their delicious mulled wine.
Nippy weather is no dampener on spirits as the Regatta starts serving up its own mulled wine. Coax the squad out at weekend’s end for a wintry Sunday session complete with spine-tingling, mulled comfort juice and a view of the river.
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