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Svařák (the Czech version of mulled wine), variations of which are popular in Europe, is most often a red wine, combined with spices and typically served warm. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and Halloween, which helps warm your spirit.

When it comes to preparing it, everyone is allowed to experiment. Usually, the basic recipe includes wine, sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon, but there are other versions, combining it with juice or alcohol (vodka or brandy). None of the ingredients should be boiled.

Svařák can be found in any cafe or market in Prague.

A similar beverage, known as Glühwein, is quite popular in Germany, where it is offered during the Christmas holidays, it being prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar.

In Serbia, Kuvan vino ("boiled wine") is made of red wine, sugar, cloves, nutmegs and served with a slice of lemon or orange. In Bulgaria, it is called greyano vino (heated wine), and consists of red wine, honey and peppercorn. Sometimes apples and/or citrus fruits, such as lemon or oranges, can be added.

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