Hot wine, also known as glühwein in German, vin chaud in French, vin brulé in Italian, and mulled wine in English, is a popular beverage in Europe, especially during the winter season. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times, with the tradition of heating wine with spices dating back to ancient Rome. Over the centuries, the recipe has evolved and adapted to different European cultures. The basic recipe for hot wine includes red wine, spices such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel, as well as sometimes sugar or honey for sweetness. It is often enhanced with liquor like brandy or rum to increase its alcoholic content and add an extra touch of flavor.
At Sangria Republic we celebrate this special time with our Red Wine, Orange & Cinnamon Sangria that we love just like hot wine can be associated with festive events and Christmas markets throughout Europe. In places like Germany, Austria and the Nordic countries it’s common to find stalls serving hot wine during the holiday season. During winter months it is especially popular as it’s served hot and helps keep people warm. Additionally, the added spices give it a distinctive aroma and comforting flavor. Hot wine is not only a popular beverage at Christmas markets but also an important part of gatherings.