Who doesn’t love wine? OK, now imagine spiced, warm wine on a chilly winter night. That’s right, how can you resist.
If you find yourself in New York City this winter and in need of a boost to get you through an upcoming all-nighter, mulled wine may be the perfect solution. A traditional drink made with red wine or port, it’s origins date back centuries and have lasted through the years for it’s magic way of making merry even with the grumpiest of grumpy. So where to start when it comes to mulled wine in the city? The following are your best choices:
Jadis42 Rivington Street (Eldridge st. and Forsyth st.) , Lower East Side website
Cozy, in a word, describes this delectable little find on Rivington Street. While they often run specials on bottles of wine and what’s on tap during happy hour, don’t miss some of the spicy and rich mulled wine too.
Pierre Loti Wine Bar258 West 15th Street (7th ave. and 8th ave.), Chelsea website
Do not be fooled by its swanky name - the Pierre Loti Wine Bar, located in Union Square, Chelsea and Midtown, is ideal for a fun night out with friends on the hunt for wintery wine. Pair your mulled delicious drink with one of their tasty tapas, such as tuna tartare or zucchini patties.
The Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield spices up her version with Cognac, Bay leaves, allspice berries red and black pepper and hint of vanilla essence. The result is a complex hot mug of spicy booze that really lets the mulling spice shine through.
Brindle Room277 East 10th Street (1st ave. & ave. A), East Village website
Have some mulled wine with brunch, lunch or dinner at the Brindle Room. Located on East 10th Street, they host a fun vibe and a rowdy crowd most nice, who come in droves for this savory, hot concoction alongside kale salads, vegetable tagine or smoky chicken wings. Its a wonderful way to start and evening, or even end one, as they are open late Saturday night.
Spuyten Duyvil359 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg website
Brooklyn - well it’s full of hipsters, but it also certainly knows it’s mulled wine. Twenty-somethings with silly mustache slurp this stuff up by the barrel full, especially at Spuyten Duyvil. Not only do they have great local brews on tap, but they serve up mulled wine ii cutesy mugs that smell strongly of nutmeg.
Black Mountain Wine House415 Union Street (Hoyt st.), Carroll Gardens website
Heading back into Brooklyn, have a fresh, hot cuppa wine at the Black Mountain Wine House. The hot mulled wine sweetened with exotic spices is perfect, especially when ordered with some homemade paninis or classic fondue for two. Get cuddly and watch the snowflakes drift down onto the streets at this popular establishment.
Smorgasbar at SmorgasburgKent Avenue and N. 7, Williamsburg
Instead of the traditional Cabernet Sauvig, Smorgasbar offers the warming glögg in merlot “spiced with cinnamon, cloves, orange and gently sweeten maple syrup” encouraging to au-pair sweet with S’more Bakery, CutiePies or Salty Road.
Alewife Queens5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City - website
A craft-beer bar that carries an impressive 28 draft lines of great beers - some excellent domestics, some oldies but goodies plus a jillion bottled European imports and if you get hungry, they offer a decent enough gastro-fare.
But we’re talking about mulled wines here, and at Alewife, these hot-potion are served romantically in a sharing tea kettle so you can snuggle and toast it up by the brick (gas-fueled) fireplace.
Looking to Make Mulled Wine or Spiced Wine at Home?
You can buy mulling spices here and add a bottle of red or robust port wine. Else you can make everything from scratch by combining the following ingredients.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
- 1/4 Cup of Brandy for extra kick (optional)
Combine all ingredients except orange peel ( apple cider, red wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, orange zest and juice, cloves and star anise) in a large pan or pot, bring to a boil and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into warm mugs and add an orange peel to garnish. Simple and toasty.