The name given to a heated alcoholic beverage made from spices and sweeteners that is traditionally served and drunk at Christmas markets, especially in northern countries, during the Advent season. Such spiced wines were already very popular in the early Middle Ages, because with the spices one could at that time frequently occurring wine faults cover well, or so could a more or less spoiled wine still be made edible.
An old recipe from the 15th century: It leaves 2 liters of old red wine with 375 g of sugar, 1 piece cinnamon , 6 cloves, the skinned peel of ½ lemon boil, sieze him through a sieve and bring him hot to the table. But there are a lot of different recipes. In most cases, however, as a basis red wine (or red grape ), the cinnamon sticks and cloves be attached. In addition, oranges and lemons (peel and / or juice), as well as sugar and / or honey are often used. A boil leaves the alcohol escape relatively quickly; If this is not wanted, you can only let it go.
But there are a myriad of alcoholic hot drinks with just as many fancy names that are made in quite a similar way with the same or similar ingredients. Will also be high-percentage alcoholics such as cognac. rum or others spirits admitted, then it is one grog. Jägertee or Punch, There are many country-specific names and recipes. See also the topic under flavoring and wine-based drinks, as well as under special wines,
Complete listings of the numerous vinification measures and cellar techniques, as well as the various wine-regulated wine, sparkling wine and distillate types are under the keyword winemaking contain. Comprehensive information on wine law is available under the keyword wine law,