Christmas. We love it. And if you’re reading this, you probably do too. It’s a time for good food and even better company. But let’s not forget the hot booze. There’s nothing quite like a mulled wine, whether it’s outdoors at a bustling Christmas market, or sat in front of the fireplace in your snug new Christmas slippers.
Before we get to our pick of the other mulled gin variations out there, we can’t ignore the most obvious alternative: mulled wine.
Mulled wine has been enjoyed around Christmas time for generations, dating back to the colonial era, when many spices we now take for granted were first introduced to Europe. Mulled wine is the British term, but there are slight variations across the continent, including the German Glühwein and Swedish Glögg. The Brits are also partial to a glass of mulled cider and, in some parts of the country, even mulled beer.
For some, the foundation of a true mulled Christmas drink is the orangey twist. If that sounds like you, this Usual Saucepans recipe has you covered. Just bear in mind it involves preparing a week in advance.
Mulled gin cocktail: best glassware
When choosing the ideal vessel for mulled drinks, the most important thing is that it’s heatproof. A handle wouldn’t go amiss either, just to mitigate the risk of burnt fingers.
There’s nothing wrong with serving mulled gin in teacups or mugs, of course, but if you’re looking for a touch of glass – something that ticks all the boxes but still screams cocktail party – get yourself a set of Irish coffee glasses.
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