The Capital has a new favourite this winter — warm and spicy mulled wine. "While it is sold in stalls on the roads in European countries, it is slowly gaining popularity in India as well," says Omvier, bartender of Café Cruise.
According to restaurateurs, this wine is best enjoyed in the winters. "The ingredients used in mulled wine, especially the spices, are good for driving away the cold," adds Omvier.
"It becomes the most popular drink during the winters, as the ingredients in it warms up the body. It works especially for those who don’t like hard liquor. Mulled wine works as a good winter drink," says Sherine John, Bar Manager, Smoke House Room and Shroom.
Traditional mulled wine is served here with a twist — many other fruits are added to the spices that are used to make the wine. The wine used is a regular port wine and it will be available till mid February.
Price: Rs 375 plus taxes.
Where: City Square Mall, First Floor, Rajouri Garden
The Asia Kitchen
Mulled wine is also served with extra portions of lemon wedges and sugar for those who like it extra sweet. The Asia Kitchen will be serving the wine till the end of this winter season; so you have time to plan.
Price: Rs 395 plus taxes
Where: 15, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar
Tel: 011- 26153333
Amour - The Patio restaurant, café and bar
The restaurant makes its mulled wine using any full-bodied red wine. It is mixed with brandy, which has been infused with spices, such as cinnamon. Amour will be serving this wine till the end of February.
Price: Rs 525 per glass.
The mulled wine served here is a concoction of not only red wine but also Cointreau and brandy. The wine is a part of the regular menu and is available throughout the year.
Price: Rs 325 plus taxes
Where: Hotel Diplomat, 9, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chankayapuri
Here too, the mulled wine is made with traditional spices and brandy, so you can expect an extra kick. The wine is on the menu till February 25, so if you’re lounging by the poolside, do have a warm cuppa.
Price: Rs 350 plus taxes
Where: Tivoli Garden Hotel, Chhatarpur Hills
Enjoy a warm cup of spicy mulled wine in the cold outdoors at this restaurant. But if you would rather wait for it to get warmer, then don’t rush, as the wine is prepared here on order throughout the year.
Price: Rs 450 per glass.
Where: Garden of Five Senses, Gate No. 13-17, Said Ul Ajaib
Tel: 011- 29531823
Expect a heady blend of flavours here. This club serves a special seven spice mulled wine, which is one of their best sellers. It will be served till the end of February.
Price: Rs 625 plus taxes
Where: 3rd Floor, The Crescent Mall, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli
It’s Greek To Me
The restaurant serves classic Greek mulled wine. This is made mixing red wine (they use Cabernet Sauvignon) with spices such as cloves and star anise and other ingredients. This is just available in winters and the restaurant will serve it till mid February.
Price: Rs 395 (plus taxes).
Where: B-6/4, Safdarjung Enclave
Tel: 011- 41012240
What is mulled wine?
Mulled wine is a traditional European drink, usually made with red wine, which is combined with spices and served warm. Served during the harsh winter of Europe, it is also associated with the festive season of Christmas and Halloween. In Sweden, it is called Glogg, Vin Chaud in France, and Glühwein in Germany. Even the ingredients vary accordingly. Some of the common spices included in mulled wine include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla.