mulled wine

Seductive is the smell of cinnamon and cloves, cardamom and oranges - especially when it flows from the steam of mulled wine into the cold noses of the Christmas market visitors. Deceptive, however, is the belief that warm alcohol can warm the cold feet and ears sustainably. What is the good thing about mulled wine? And which warming alternatives are there?

Mulled wine with warming effect?

Nothing against a sip of mulled wine on a cold winter's day - only one should not rely too much on its warming effect. Because alcohol enjoyed in frosty outdoor air gives a deceptive heat: ethanol dilates the blood vessels, so more blood gets to the skin surface. The body releases the heat all the faster.

This effect is over after a brief feeling of warmth, you freeze more than before. If, on the other hand, you drink your mulled wine in warm rooms, your body will get its money worth.

Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom as ingredients

Mulled wine is very popular, as evidenced by rising numbers. Around 50 million liters of mulled wine were consumed in Germany last year. No wonder, because it tastes delicious and should even be healthy. Let's start with the good and completely harmless ingredients:

  • Cinnamon: An indispensable mulled wine spice, stimulates the body to produce digestive juices. He is a good remedy for feeling of fullness and should even aphrodisiac. Around 350 BC, the Greek philosopher Theophrastos praised cinnamon as a delicious spice, especially wine. Incidentally, the best cinnamon comes from Ceylon from the real cinnamon tree and is very light.
  • Cardamom: It is said to have an appetizing effect. He also helps against flatulence.
  • Clove: Smells good, has antibacterial and digestive properties. Even in ancient China and Egypt, carnations and their beneficial effects were known. Arab merchants brought them to Europe in Roman times.

Mulled wine: calories in alcohol

In fact, the spices in mulled wine trigger positive feelings and emotions through the essential oils through the odor receptors. And that makes alcohol cheerful in moderation, is well known.

Still harmless, but a calorie bomb, is the sugar content in mulled wine. Without the sugar, the drink would not taste really good. Between 80 and 100 calories per 100 milliliters are in it, with a large cup, 200 calories in mulled wine quickly come together.

Alcohol content in mulled wine

The alcohol content of mulled wine is required by law at seven percent, but on average it is between nine and ten percent - only when he boils, he also evaporates again. This is even checked: Partly take place at Christmas markets so-called mulled wine controls.

The alcohol in sugary (and also carbonated) drinks goes into the blood very quickly, because the intestinal mucosa through the sugar absorbs the alcohol faster. A quarter liter of wine contains about 20 grams of pure alcohol, according to the German Nutrition Society. The body loses 0.1 grams per kilogram of body weight per hour. This means that a man weighing 80 kilograms needs around 2.5 hours, a woman weighing 60 kilos needs three hours to break down the alcohol.

5 facts about mulled wine - © MurlocCra4ler

Healthy alternatives to mulled wine

Fortunately, there are non-alcoholic, but equally good fragrant and warming alternatives: hot, sweetened tea or apple or elderberry punch. The ingredients here are basically the same as the basic recipe: cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, possibly also anise and vanilla, orange and lemon slices. Only the red wine is replaced by grape juice or apple juice and orange juice.

Mulled wine recipe for 1 liter

  • Boil about ½ liter of water, infuse 2 teabags of fruit tea for 5 minutes
  • 1 small glass of apple juice and orange juice, alternatively elderberry juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cloves, a pinch of cardamom, a little vanilla sugar
  • to sweet sugar candy or honey to taste
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