A spicy warming winter tipple
Mulled wine is a traditional warming winter drink enjoyed in various guises across the colder areas of Europe.
The British variant is made by heating red wine and flavouring it with spices, usually cinnamon and/or cloves, along with the addition of a citrus flavouring such as orange peel.
It is often sweetened with a little sugar or honey, and can be made even more 'warming' by adding brandy or port.
In Germany and Austria, a similar concoction is known as gluhwein, and is widely drunk in the open air at gluhwein stalls and Christmas markets during December.
Northern European countries including Sweden and Finland have their own version of mulled wine called Glogg, while in the northern mountainous regions of Italy and in alpine France it is known as vin brule.