When the cold weather rolls around, there’s nothing better than finding a cozy place to sip something warm—but we’re not just talking hot chocolate or tea. Mulled wine is the perfect drink to take away any winter blues and make the holiday season a little more festive.
Dating back to centuries-ago Europe, this popular drink is made with red wine and mulling spices. Sometimes raisins are even added to the mix, along with other ingredients. New York City and Long Island restaurants, bars and vineyards are serving up the seasonal sipper.
Le Vin Wine Bar, Lake Grove
Take a break from shopping at the Smith Haven Mall and enter Christophe Lhopitault and Chef Guy Reuge‘s casual French eatery for a warm glass of mulled wine. This lovely little place, which also offers tapas, will make you forget all about the money you spent shopping. Go.
Pierre Loti Wine Bar, Manhattan
Among the long list of wines at this Manhattan spot, mulled wine is offered seasonally at $10 a glass in the Midtown location. Make the experience even greater by pairing the wine with one of several cheeses on the menu or some hot tapas, including risotto balls and zucchini walnut pancakes. Go.
“Yes, we are serving mulled wine,” is written in all caps on the website of this Lower East Side French wine bar. Clearly the bar knows what customers are after! Head over to this cozy Manhattan spot for a cup of spiced mulled wine and to munch on small plates, salads, quiches and more. Go.
Black Mountain Wine House, Brooklyn
One look at the exterior of the Gowanus, Brooklyn treasure and you know you’re in the right place. Not only does this place offer mulled wine, there’s also a fireplace to keep you warm as you’re drinking it. Sounds like the perfect winter night! (The rave reviews on Yelp also don’t hurt.) Go.
Winegasm Bar & Eatery, Queens
Head to Astoria, Queens for a well-deserved night out. Luckily, this classy wine bar offers mulled wine for anyone who wants to indulge in the seasonal delight. It’s also the perfect spot for date night or to mingle at the long community table in the middle. Go.