Do you like to mull too?

I like to mull and ponder and ruminate (all of which are excellent words). I like to take my time to think thoroughly about things, because often that’s how the best answers are found. When spending time mulling over something, there’s never a sense of hurry or panic, it’s all about slow and careful deliberation.

Something else in the mull family which lends itself to periods of quiet contemplation, is mulled wine. This year will be my second winter season spent in the company of that particular brew. In the last few days the temperatures have started to drop, the night air is noticeably cooler, and I’m more reluctant than ever to leave my toasty warm bed … mulled wine season has arrived.

While I’m already a lover of red wine, mulled wine brings a much cosier experience to the glass. The best mulled wines are spicy, sweet and of course full of comforting warmth … what’s there not to love?

Mulled wine spices ... a new variety

Last year I pulled together my own delicious concoction of spices and fruit, but this time around I thought I’d give a ready-made spice mix a try (maybe I’m just getting lazy). This week I spotted this lovely ‘Mulled Wine Spice’ pack at my local markets, and thought it may be the blend with which to achieve mulled wine perfection. I’ll report back once the recipe has been tried … but I may wait until the weekend to allow enough time for a thorough tasting and quality control check. I’m very much looking forward to indulging in a little of that very pleasing mulled wine warmth.

Would you care for a glass of mulled wine (or two)? Or perhaps that other great mull warmer, Mulligatawny soup is more your thing? (I’m off to find a vegetarian version … after all, I like to give all varieties of ‘mull’ a try). Whatever your chosen form of mulling may be, let’s mull together!


  1. Sonia

    I’ve never tried mulled wine. Although this weather is definitely having me crave warming food.
    Tracey, thanks so much for my gift – I received it in the mail this week and it’s so fun and cute! Loved it’s box too! Thanks again, Sonia x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – Oh you simply must give mulled wine a try. I’m only a relative new-comer to it myself, but now there’s no turning back! (it’s a wonderful way to keep warm).

      I’m so glad you liked your lovely gift … it’s always nice to hear my giveaways go to such lovely new homes.

  2. Mel

    We always have mulled wine when we get back from the Christmas Eve carol service šŸ™‚ It’s funny to hear you talk about it now, it’s so strongly associated with Christmas for me! (Though it’s so flippin’ cold here today that maybe mulled wine would be a good idea…)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – That’s a lovely Christmas time tradition … I often wish Australia was lucky enough to experience a cold-climate Christmas, but I suppose that’s what travelling the world is all about (experiencing all the different seasons of the world at different times).

  3. Kylie

    Oooooh, yummo! Do let me know how you go with that!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Oh when we make up another batch you’ll have to come and try! Mulled wine is always improved by sharing it! šŸ™‚

  4. Valerie

    I’m definitely ponder and ruminate (although the ruminating sometimes gets out of control). But somehow mulling has never worked for me – I don’t know why, but I’ve never liked spiced apple cider or wine. Although I love the idea of it. I need some pondering time this weekend!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – Haha, I agree … sometimes that ruminating can get a little out of control (it often has a mind of its own). Perhaps you mull over things best without the need for mulled drinks? I’m hoping to give some cider a go this year, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a nice batch of it before. I hope the pondering has been treating you well this weekend.

  5. Lisa

    The crispest of autumn days paired with a toasty spiced wine is simply deliciously delightful. Surely a scattering of those days, especially the ‘mulling’ kind, are days decisively imparted with a sense of perfectness.

    PS. There’s a very cool girl who looks just like you! She’s modeling for a Jeep ad in the new Nylon magazine (June/July 2011). If this piques your interest, she’s revealed a few pages in.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – You’ve summed up the very best of autumn and winter. The cool crispness of the outside world should be matched and balanced by the indoor warmth. I’m looking forward to further mulling, pondering and wandering thoughts as the year rolls by. xx

      PS. Ohhh, I’m going to have to check out Nylon magazine … I’m always intrigued by lookalikes. Ha! šŸ™‚

  6. Claire

    part of me was thinking you are absolutely mental talking about mulled wine in may… then I realised.. you are either in oz or south africa.. or somewhere where winter is looming!

    i dont drink alkyhol but whittard of chelsea do mulled wine tea.. which is my favourite ^_^ along with White hot chocolate

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Claire – Haha, yes indeed … I’m located in Australia, so we’re just starting our winter time here .. hence the talk of mulled wine. Oh a mulled wine tea sounds intriguing … no wonder it’s a favourite of yours … I do love hot chocolate as well, but I often find white hot chocolate to be a little too sweet for my taste (I love the dark variety best). šŸ™‚

  7. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’ve never tried Mulled wine – though I wouldn’t knock it back if someone offered it to me šŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Mulled wine is most definitely something to be tried and savoured … you’d be a most wonderful person to share some mulled wine with. Just think of the poetic creativity it may just fuel. xx

  8. Kristi

    mulled wine? i had to look it up and it sounds delicious and perfect for winter. i’m definitely going to try it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kristi – Oops, I probably should have included more information about what mulled wine’s all about (after all, it’s relatively new to me too). It is definitely a delicious drink for winter … a lovely closing statement to a warm, comforting meal. Let me know how you go with it if you make it. šŸ™‚

  9. Katie

    I’ve never tried mulled wine but it sounds lovely! Oh and mull and ponder and ruminate are all great words!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Katie – Mulled wine is definitely worth the small amount of effort that’s involved in making it. I’m sure you’ll love it!

      PS. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves words like mull, ponder and ruminate … I love how they feel like the perfect match to their definition. šŸ™‚

  10. Camila F.

    Oh my, now i need a glass of wine. Mulled wine sounds amazing, I have to try it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Oh gosh, I know what you mean … whenever someone blogs or talks about something delicious, suddenly I develop a very particular craving. šŸ˜‰

      PS. I’m sure you’d love mulled wine!

  11. Jasmine

    Ooh, those spice look great! At the risk of sounding like a creeper, which markets did you find them at? I’m always on the look out for good markets in Brisbane (especially since Cooparoo turned out to be a bit of a disappointment).

    x Jasmine

    PS. Just read your little bio on your profile – price stickers that can’t be easily removed annoy me too! I also hate it when the price tag is under the plastic protector, so you have to remove the protective covering to remove the sticker before giving it to someone.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – Haha, oh you would never seem like a creeper! I bought the mulled wine spices at the Brisbane City Fresh Food Markets which happen every Wednesday at Brisbane Square. They’re quite small, but there are lots of tasty things to tempt the tastebuds and wallet. My mum lives over near the Coorparoo markets – I was really hoping they were going to be amazing, as it’s the kind of thing that’s missing from Brisbane. Sadly it seems perhaps our expectations will not be met.

      PS. Ohhh yes, those pesky price stickers irritate me to no end! You’re so right about when a price sticker is underneath the plastic wrapping … I hate it when gifts have to look a little ‘used’ because we have to remove them. It’s most inconsiderate of the manufacturers / retailers. šŸ™‚

  12. woolf

    and thank you for the invite. mulled wine’s fragrance is heaven, no less…. but i can’t drink it. it’s too overpowering for this girl. i feel the same mild abhorrence to hot milk&honey. no go. i think it’s got to do with the literal heat, it doesn’t agree with my tastebuds or something. but happy go mulling, i’ll say!
    now mullagatawny’s more up my street. i saw two bikers preparing some out in the english open recently, and i was positively driveling. i have never tried to prepare it myself. you’re giving me an idea here.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Oh well at the very least it sounds like you can appreciate that lovely warming fragrance which mulled wine produces … that’s one of the true pleasures of making it at home, the scent wafts delightfully throughout the house.

      I’m still searching for the perfect Mulligatawny recipe … that batch you saw being whipped up by those bikers would have been rather tantalising (things prepared outdoors just always seem that way). I love sharing food-related ideas, we should all be eating lovely things together.

  13. Meagan

    I am pretty into mulled wine – but I only like to drink it around Christmas time!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – It’s just a lovely indulgence when the weather turns cold. I’m so jealous of you northern hemisphere dwellers who have a nice cold Christmas! šŸ™‚

  14. Krystal/Village

    I sheepishly admit that I”m always up for a glass of wine šŸ™‚
    And your weather sounds like my weather today – it’s sooo chilly here, like spring has up and abandoned us! it shall turn around tomorrow though šŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Oh that sounds very much like me. There’s something lovely about enjoying a really nice glass of wine, and mulled wine is a nice way to indulge when the weather outside is less than friendly.

      I hope your warm weather has returned! As we move further into winter, the cool days become ever chillier. That’s OK though, it’s an excuse to rug up against the weather! šŸ™‚

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