The medicinal properties of mulled wine, spiced wine or vin brulé have been appreciated since as far back as ancient Rome. In the Middle Ages it was made by monks in the monasteries, by heating red wine and adding various herbs and spices known for their medicinal properties, thus creating an excellent natural medicine for healing and preventing winter illnesses.
What exactly are these medicinal properties?
Red wine contains polyphenols, which studies have shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-age properties, as well as promoting a healthy heart. Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it increases blood flow to the tissues. Red wine also contains tannin, which performs an anti-viral action by attacking the protein of viruses, making it highly effective in fighting off colds and ‘flu.
Cinnamon is very effective against ‘flu symptoms and cloves have powerful anti-bacterial properties. Lemon juice and honey are antiseptic and calming for respiratory infections.
Mulled wine recipe: 1 litre of full-bodied red wine , 2 sticks of cinnamon, 12 cloves, the zest of 1 lemon and raw cane sugar or honey to taste . Over a low flame heat the wine in a pan with the other ingredients, stirring regularly, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, strain and serve.