Mulled wine, the warmer, spicier cousin of your favourite glass of red, comes out in full force during the winter months.
The hot drink, which is brought to life with a blend of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus fruits, is thought to be one of the eldest Christmas traditions going, and dates back to the 2nd century.
And to make our dalliances with the heartening beverage even more delightful, it is also said to come with some surprising health benefits. Bottoms up...
1. It can act as a painkiller
Have you noticed that everything feels that little bit less achy after a mulled wine or two? That's thanks to the cinnamon and cloves in the drink that feed us eugenol, which has local anaesthetic and antiseptic properties that can ease dull pains like toothache, according to bt.com.
2. It slows down ageing
Put away the lotions and potions to keep the crow's feet at bay, mulled wine is here to help you out. Resveratrol, which is found in red wine, is thought to help rejuvenate cells and slow down the ageing process. Don't mind if we do!
3. Anti-inflammatory properties
What's a glass of mulled wine without a cinnamon stick? Its helpful antioxidants can help reduce swelling and bloating, as well as restoring normal tissue function.
4. It can help your heart function
Although it's not best to down a whole cask of mulled wine in a bid to have a healthy heart, a glass of the stuff can aid heart functioning by optimising good cholesterol and minimising bad cholesterol.
5. It can keep your bones strong
A recent study showed that drinking 1-3 glasses of red wine a day may slim your risk of osteoporosis. Those who drank that measure had greater bone mineral density that non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.
Although there may be some pleasant upsides to the festive beverage, do drink responsibly to ensure that the more pressing health risks from alcohol are kept at bay.