“Mulled” means to warm and flavour a liquid. Typically wine, cider or tea are the chosen base ingredient but mulled punch recipes with your favourite spirits are now commonplace too.
To mull a drink, combine your chosen spirit, spices and other added ingredients into a pot or slow cooker. Heat the mixture over low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve it steaming into glassware and enjoy it hot!
A good, mulled punch should be flavourful, aromatic and not too sweet.
As always, quality is key - choose a good quality base spirit and combine it with the right combination of spices (such as cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) and add plenty of citrus zest and fresh juice, as well as other ingredients such as honey or infused syrup.
Think hot punch when mulling rather than stewed drink when making one - as the best can be bright and packed with character.