In Medieval Times mulled wine was more commonly known as Ypocros or Hipocris, named after the Greek physician Hippocrates.The concept was and still is very simple: take
wine, heat and season it with various spices.
Most sources trace the practice of mulling wine back to medieval Europe, where wine
was a staple. It was safer to drink red wine than drink the poorly sanitised water of the time. As some of the wine was decidedly dodgy in taste and preserving methods weren't what they are these days, the spices acted as a preservative and had the extra bonus of making the wine more palatable.
There is some truth in these beliefs of health benefits, as drinking wine in moderation has been linked to reducing the risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes and dementia. Lemon and orange both contain vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant.
If there is one drink that gets you feeling warm and festive, this of course, is mulled wine.
But I also want to bring a new twist to this tradition, hence the development of my new mulled