Here’s your guide on where to find the best mulled wine, spiced apple cider and hot and steamy cocktails in Melbourne this winter
Melbourne is a city that thrives in winter, with laneway bars being the perfect hidden spots for cosy catch ups and heated outdoor spaces that keep you warm while you feel the cold. And there’s nothin better than a warm mulled wine, spiced cider or hot and soothing cocktail to warm the cockles of your heart. Here are some of our favourites.
It ain’t called the Apple Isle for nothing – Willie Smith’s Hot Spiced Cider makes the best of Tassie’s famous fruit. The Arbory is serving it by the glass with the option to spike it with Sailor Jerry’s Rum, Applejack Brandy or Mac Macadamia Liqueur.
Melbourne’s most permanent pop-up bar, Section 8, is serving mulled wine made with Gluhwein and Chateau Chantelle Brandy which is warm and soothing pick-me-up in the heart of the CBD
Viking drinking and dining den Mjølner is serving up a drink that would warm the soul Ragnar Lothbrok. Their ‘Blazing Glögg’ is a spicy mix of cognac, port, juniper and cranberry, and after being set on fire, is served with a teabag of house spices.
Hello José is a Mexican on a mission this winter, to warm you up with a classic mulled wine full of cloves, cinnamon and star anise. If you like your mulled wine with a little more kick, try it with a José twist by adding a shot of Añejo tequila!
Om Nom Kitchen
Om Nom Kitchen’s mulled wine is a deliciously warming concoction that’s like a hug from the inside. A muddle of Cabernet Merlot and brandy, orange and lemon peel infused with whole spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and sweetened with a touch of sugar. So good you might have to have two.
Take a seat by the open fire at Romeo Lane and sip on a cognac and ginger toddy. Made with cognac, ginger, honey and lemon, the rich raisin-like flavours of the cognac will put colour on your cheeks.