Mankind has been making warm mulled drinks for ages. In fact, the process dates back to ancient Greece when spices and heat were used to make use of lesser and spoiling wines. The practice continued with the Romans and took off in medieval Europe where the added aromatics were believed to improve health. During this period, the English began mulling cider and even built a drinking ritual around it called Wassail. The salute “was hál” was intended to ensure health as well as a good cider apple harvest. Eventually, alternative spirits like brandy, rum and Maker’s Mark Bourbon would find their way into these concoctions, and civilization is all the warmer for it.