Mulled wine, also known as Glögi or Glühwein, is a popular spiced, alcoholic beverage that is usually served warm during the cold winter months of the northern hemisphere. It originated in Scandinavia and was often used to restore the mind and body of people delivering messages and mail during the blistering winter.
With winter making its presence known in Michigan, we thought we’d round up a few ways Michiganders can enjoy this seasonal favorite.
Who can relate? When the temperatures drop, staying inside at home sounds like a perfect way to spend the snow-filled part of the year. With the exception of maybe driving to the store to pick up a bottle or two of spiced wine, you can make mulled wine at home on your own!
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Dexter has a wonderful recipe you can follow. You’ll need red wine, fresh orange juice (no pulp), apple brandy, an apple, an orange, some simple syrup and a slew of spices. This will probably be the most you’ve used your stovetop to make wine, but trust us, it’ll be worth it.
If you don’t have time to brew it yourself, there are several Michigan wineries that sell bottles of spiced wine, such as the very popular “Witches Brew” from Leelanau Cellars in Omena. It’s inexpensive and delicious, so you can’t really go wrong. We also recommend the “Spiced Cherry Wine” from Chateau Grand Traverse and “Head Games” from St. Julian.
Last year, The Skip in Detroit was transformed into “Miracle,” a holiday pop-up bar that got its start in New York City. This year, not only will The Skip turn into a winter wonderland but Park Bar will as well. Park Bar will host Miracle this year, while the Skip will feature a new tiki drink spin-off pop-up called “Sippin’ Santa.”
There will be a lot of delicious cocktails to sip on at Miracle and Sippin’ Santa, but “Run Run Rudolph” (prosecco, gin, mulled wine puree, lemon, cane syrup) is making our red noses glow. It’s a mulled wine drink but this time it’s served cold. If you’re trying to warm up, check out “Bad Santa” (apple cider, applejack, manzanilla sherry, lemon, cinnamon syrup, popcorn & bacon butter, baked apple bitters). It’s served hot and sounds like a sweetly delicious drink.
Staying in or going out, where do you get your mulled wine fix during the holidays? Maybe it’s a family tradition. Maybe you’ve never tried it. In either case, it’s a seminal holiday treat waiting to be enjoyed.
Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.