It's common to find in Christmas markets of white Europe, less in the warm winters of its South. We gather for you 8 places where you can taste a good glass of mulled wine in Lisbon.
Portuguese wine lovers say we're spoiling wine and purists say that drinking mulled wine it should be with negative temperatures we have no memory of here in Lisbon. We love wine, and we love hot wine, we don’t care! We also have an ice rink at Praça do Comércio and Lisbon only snowed once or twice!
Our apologizes to purists: it doesn't snow in Lisbon, we don’t suffer from negative temperatures, but that does not mean we cannot enjoy a glass of mulled wine as many times as we feel like. Because we do like it! We are fans of comfort food, the one that warms body and soul, as well as comfort drinks!
Mulled Wine, Glögg (Scandinavia), Grzaniec Galicyjski (Poland), Glühwein (Germany), Vin Chaud (France) or simply Hot Wine has its orgin in the cold lands of Europe, where people add cloves, cinnamon stick, orange, lemon and sugar to the wine. A delicious combination we would like to see it spreaded everywhere in the warm winter corners of Lisbon. We asked in bars, cafes and wine bars if they could prepare for us mulled wine for us; We got weird expressions and faced awkward moments, and we also found open minded staff and willing to please us.
If you feel like a mulled wine to warm up you in these cold days and you're in Lisbon, we don't have to face all that work. We found these 8 places in town which already have offer mulled wine in their drink menus:
Mercado Praça da Figueira
If you are lucky enough to be in Lisbon on the last weekend of each month head this producers and artisans market, at Praça da Figueira, to taste traditional tidbits and drinks. Beside the suckling pig or Serra da Estrela cheese sandwiches and roasted charcuterie, there are also mulled wine. Of course. Where is it?
Figueira Square, last weekend of each month -- Baixa
The view over Rossio Square is just one reason to visit Bastardo. This restaurant is at the first floor of the International Design Hotel. The other reason? The mulled wine in the kettle, perfect to warm you up in cool days. Where is it?
Rua da Betesga, 3 -- Rossio
Quiosque do Refresco
The name does not match with the coldest season of the year, but in one of the several kiosks around the city you will find mulled wine with cardboard sleeves that you can take away to warm up your hands. It is made with Portuguese wine, of course, and the usual spices. Where is it?
Praça Luís de Camões; Praça de São Paulo; Praça do Príncipe Real; Praça das Flores; Largo da Sé
In the heart of Chiado, it is one of those places that you don’t even imagine what’s going on inside. With a cosy atmosphere, it has several rooms and tables with delightful details such as the structures of vintage sewing machines. And offers mulled wine! Where is it?
Calçada Nova de São Francisco, 14 – Chiado
Join this bar is like embracing a journey to the Middle Ages! In addition to the Celtic sounds and mead, you can also enjoy mulled wine, served in a clay jar with cloves, fennel, brown sugar and honey. Where is it?
Rua de S. Julião, 27 – Baixa
For those days when you need to feel fresh air, Le Chat terrace is one of our favorite options. With a magnific view over Tagus River, it has its own mulled wine recipe with red wine, pear, nuts, cinnamon, star anise, brandy and vanilla sugar. Where is it?
Museu de Arte Antiga, Jardim 9 de Abril – Santos
The vintage decor is one of best things of this tea house located in a non touristy areas of the city, nearby the zoo. Because of that it’s worth a visit, either by light meals, either by mulled wine. A tip: ask for the mulled wine with sugar. If you're not on diet! Where is it?
Rua Professor Lima Basto, 105 A – Praça de Espanha / Sete Rios Noobai Café
Right side of Adamastor viewpoint you will find this little corner where you can enjoy a magnificent view over Tejo river while enjoying a glass of mulled wine to warm up. The terrace invites you to sit and enjoy the view, take a few selfies, even in cold evenings Nothing a glass of wine will not solve. Where is it?
Miradouro do Adamastor – Santa Catarina
It's cold and you don't want leaving home, but you feel like a mulled wine?
Try our recipe:
6 dl red wine
4 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons brown sugar soup
1.5 of cognac or aged brandy
In a large saucepan combine the cloves, brandy, orange juice and sugar in red wine and heat over white fire. Let it almost boil.
Place cinnamon sticks in each of the mugs, and pour the hot wine.
Warm up your mood and enjoy it!