Is winter even winter without mulled wine? Sydney says no, and offers some of its best bars and pubs to help warm up with a glass.
Mulled wine was the Roman's drink in the second century, and has since been served all over the world made with a variety of recipes. The Germans appropriated it as their own 'Gluhwein', adding lemon, sugar, cloves, vanilla and cinnamon for extra aromatic effect. Whether you like yours a simple, smooth red or rich and flavoursome, Sydney offers them all. Here's some of our favourite places to sip this winter warmer:
The Doss House, The Rocks
The Doss House know how to do drinks well - being an established boutique whiskey bar in the heart of Sydney. Their dimly-lit, underground sandstone bar with worn Chesterfields makes this the perfect hideaway for a warming, winter sip. Nab a seat next to their fireplace and warm up with a glass of mulled wine, made of red wine, orange, star anise and cloves.
Arcadia Liquors, Redfern
Seek shelter in the cosy atmosphere of Arcadia Liquors. Take a glass of their $10 mulled wine and sit out the back in their covered outdoor beer garden, available all throughout winter. The Refern bar make their mulled wine with cabernet merlot, cinnamon, cardamon pods, star anise and cloves - with a cheeky dash of some secret ingredients from an old family recipe.
Goros, Surry Hills
If you live in Sydney, you've probably been here before. A local favourite for its Japanese food and gaming activities, the late-night bar is serving up its own take on mulled wine this winter. Staying true to its roots, Goros is taking mulled wine and raising it to a mulled sake, infused with pear, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon.
Parsons Bar, Potts Point
Nestle in to the chesterfield lounge in this cool, Potts Point bar and feel yourself warming up with a cup of their mulled cider under the chandelier lights. While the drink is made with cinnamon, orange and cloves, you have the option to have as is or include a sneaky drop of your favourite spirit.
Tandem Bar, Newtown
As we know that mulled wine is appreciated many different ways, this Scandinavian bar serves its own form in a traditional Nordic version called gløgg. The recipe has a cabernet sauvignon or cabernet merlot base, steeped with the basic ingredients like, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg and then orange juice and zest, lemon zest and ginger is added as a final touch. Enjoy a glass of this warming tipple in their courtyard for an easy $9.