Warm Up with a Delicious Mulled Wine Recipe

Welcome to my Mulled Wine recipe! It’s the perfect drink to warm you up on cold winter nights, and it’s a great way to entertain your guests during the holiday season. Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a traditional drink usually made with red wine. The beverage is usually made by heating wine along with mulling spices and sometimes raisins or other fruit.

This particular recipe is simple yet delicious, and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Mulled wine has been around for centuries and its popularity continues to grow as the years pass by. There’s something about this aromatic spiced drink that tantalizes our taste buds and keeps us coming back year after year.

My recipe is inspired by medieval German traditions, which are known for their unique spices that create a rich and complex flavor. You can easily make this recipe non-alcoholic by substituting the red wine with 100% grape juice. And if you want to go for a real crowd-pleaser, make sure you serve it hot in a slow cooker so everyone can help themselves as they please!

So, grab yourself a cup of warm mulled wine, get cozy by the fire, and enjoy this seasonal treat with your loved ones. Let’s dive in!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine

Friends, I have come to tell you about one of the most delightful and warming drinks known to man: mulled wine. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Why should I try this recipe?” Well, let me tell you why you will love it.

Firstly, mulled wine is the perfect drink for a cozy winter night in. As soon as you take your first sip of warm wine infused with spices like whole cloves, whole allspice, and cinnamon sticks; you’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a comforting blanket of happiness.

Secondly, this recipe is incredibly simple to make. All you need are ingredients that are readily available at your local grocery store such as 1 bottle of full-bodied red wine (like Cabernet Sauvignon), 6 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 orange sliced into rounds, and a ¼ cup of brandy. With these ingredients and 10 minutes on the stove or in the slow cooker, you’ll have a delicious spiced mulled wine that’s sure to warm your heart.

Finally, mulled wine also makes an excellent gift during the festive season. You can easily package mulling spices and printable instructions to gift your friends and loved ones so they can enjoy a cup of warm spiced wine at home.

Friends, look no further than this recipe for all your mulled wine needs. Trust me; it’s an easy way to make any evening special with its delicious blend of deep flavors that will please even the most discerning palates out there. So why wait? Go ahead and give it a try!

Ingredient List

 The ultimate festive drink for a cozy night in: Mulled Wine!
The ultimate festive drink for a cozy night in: Mulled Wine!

Here are the ingredients for mulled wine recipe:

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of full-bodied red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon works best)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar, to taste

Note: Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your preference. Honey and sugar can be added to taste, depending on how sweet you like your mulled wine.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing screams “Christmas” like the warm, spicy aroma of mulled wine.
Nothing screams “Christmas” like the warm, spicy aroma of mulled wine.

Now that we know the ingredients, it’s time to make the mulled wine. Here’s how:

Step 1: Spices

Take a piece of cheesecloth and wrap 6 whole cloves, 6 whole allspice, and 3 cinnamon sticks inside. Tie the top with a string or twist tie.

Step 2: Wine

In a large saucepan or slow cooker, pour a bottle of full-bodied red wine. I recommend using Cabernet Sauvignon for the best wine flavor.

Step 3: Mulling Spices

Add mulled wine spice bundle (wrapped in cheesecloth) to the wine. You can buy ready-to-use mulling spices or make your own by combining spices like cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Allow this to simmer on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the wine to absorb the flavors.

Step 4: Sweetener

Stir in ¼ cup sugar or honey into the hot spiced wine mixture. Adjust sweetener according to your taste preference.

Step 5: Fruits and Brandy

Add sliced rounds of 1 orange and 1/2 apple to the mixtures. If you want an alcoholic kick, stir in 1 cup brandy.

Step 6: Heating Up

Stir everything gently and let the mixture heat up until it reaches just below boiling point. Keep stirring occasionally for around five minutes until it becomes aromatic and fragrant.

Step 7: Serving Time

Remove from heat once it is warm enough to drink, but not boiling hot. Discard the mulling spices bundle and fruits if desired.

Now your mulled wine is ready to serve! Garnish with small oranges slices or cinnamon sticks if you prefer.


Substitutions and Variations

 Cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel… These are a few of my favorite things!
Cloves, cinnamon, and orange peel… These are a few of my favorite things!

Are you ready to get creative with your mulled wine recipe? There are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can experiment with to make this classic holiday drink even more unique and delicious. Here are some ideas to inspire your inner chef:

– Wine: While most recipes call for a full-bodied red wine like cabernet sauvignon, you can also use white wine or a blend for a different flavor profile. Just keep in mind that the wine you choose will affect the overall taste of the finished product.

– Spices: If you don’t have all the mulling spices on hand, don’t worry! You can make mulled wine with just cinnamon sticks and sugar. You can also mix and match spices like nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger to create your own custom blend.

– Fruit: While orange slices are a traditional addition to mulled wine, you can also experiment with other fruits like apples, pears, or cranberries. Try adding fruit juices like apple cider or cranberry juice for an extra kick.

– Non-alcoholic: If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of this classic drink, simply omit the wine and increase the amount of fruit juice or spiced tea in its place.

– Slow cooker: Making mulled wine in a slow cooker is an easy way to save time and simplify the process. Just combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and let it simmer for a few hours before serving.

– Gift idea: Mulled wine makes a great gift during the holiday season. Put together a basket with all the recipe ingredients, plus some festive decorations like a drawing of a winter scene or a German-style border tag. You could even include a free printable of the recipe for your friends and family to try at home.

Whether you stick to tradition or mix things up with fun variations, mulled wine is sure to add warmth and cheer to any holiday gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to simmer the perfect elixir in your kitchen.
Get ready to simmer the perfect elixir in your kitchen.

Now that you have made the perfect mulled wine, it’s time to enjoy it with some delicious food pairing.

Mulled wine is traditionally a winter drink and perfect for holiday parties. It pairs exceptionally well with rich and spicy foods, which will complement the warm and aromatic flavors of the wine.

One great option for pairing with mulled wine is a cheese platter filled with soft cheeses like brie or camembert, as well as aged cheddar or gouda. If you prefer something with a bit more spice, try spicy meatballs or gingerbread cookies.

For those looking for a heartier meal, you can pair the mulled wine with pork roast or slow-cooked beef stew. These dishes will work well with the full-bodied flavors of the wine while providing comfort on cold winter days.

If you are looking for a non-alcoholic option, try making spiced apple cider and use the same mulling spices you used for the mulled wine. This gives you another festive drink option that pairs well with similar foods.

Remember to serve your mulled wine warm to bring out all its flavors and enjoy your winter gatherings to the fullest!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Make your home smell like holiday cheer with this simple recipe!
Make your home smell like holiday cheer with this simple recipe!

Now, you might be wondering if you can make mulled wine ahead of time or store leftovers for later. The answer is yes!

To make this recipe ahead of time, simply follow the instructions and let the wine cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. You can then store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.

When it’s time to serve, gently reheat the mulled wine on low heat on the stove until it’s warm again. Remember, you don’t want to boil the wine or you’ll end up evaporating off all of those delicious mulling spices.

If you have leftovers after serving, simply let the wine cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container and storing it in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to three days.

If you’re looking for something more long-term, you can also freeze the mulled wine. Transfer it to a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy it, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it on low heat on the stove.

Now that you know how to make, store, and reheat mulled wine, there’s no excuse not to try this recipe!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sip on joy and happiness! (plus a little bit of alcohol)
Sip on joy and happiness! (plus a little bit of alcohol)

Now that you have the ingredients ready and know how to make mulled wine, there are a few tips I’d like to share with you to make sure your result is perfect.

Firstly, go for a full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Lighter wines won’t hold up well against the mulling spices and may result in a bland taste.

It’s also essential to warm the wine gently and not let it boil. Boiling will burn off the alcohol content and dull the flavor of the wine. This is where a slow cooker comes in handy, allowing you to keep the wine warm without overheating it.

Furthermore, make sure you have fresh mulling spices. The essential spices for mulled wine are whole cloves, whole allspice, and cinnamon sticks. You can also add star anise or any variation of the recipe’s ingredients that suits your preference.

If you prefer sweeter drinks, adding honey or sugar will do just the trick. However, it’s important not to overdo it as mulled wine is not supposed to be overly sweet.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your garnishes. Slices of orange or apple make for a beautiful presentation and adds a touch of fruity flavor to your drink.

Follow these tips, and your mulled wine will undoubtedly be a success. Gather everyone around this traditional winter drink, and they will surely appreciate its unique and cozy flavor.


Before we conclude this mulled wine recipe article, I want to address some of the frequently asked questions related to this delicious spiced wine recipe. So, let’s dive into it and find out the answers together.

What is the best wine to make mulled wine?

Mulled wine pairs best with fruity medium-bodied wines that have minimal oak aging, as they complement the bold sweetness and spices of the hot beverage while remaining balanced in terms of tannin content. Some excellent options in this category include Chilean Merlot, California Zinfandel, and Spanish Grenache.

Does the alcohol cook out of mulled wine?

Mulled wine is a warming drink composed of red wine. Though cooking the wine might cause some of the alcohol to dissipate, the majority of it will remain. Typically, the alcohol content in mulled wines ranges from 7% to 14%.

Is mulled wine just warm wine?

A delicious hot beverage called mulled wine or spiced wine is often made using red wine mixed with different spices and occasionally raisins, and it is served warm or hot.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, mulled wine is a delicious and versatile drink that is perfect for those cold winter nights. Making mulled wine from scratch is an easy process that can yield impressive results with just a few simple ingredients. With the right spices and a good bottle of red wine, you can create a beverage that will warm you up and tantalize your taste buds.

By using the recipe and tips provided in this article, you can make mulled wine that is sure to impress your friends and family. Whether you prefer a sweeter or spicier version, mulled wine can be customized to your taste preferences. It’s the perfect drink to serve at holiday gatherings, winter dinner parties, or just sipping by the fire.

In addition to its warming properties, mulled wine also has a long and interesting history dating back to medieval times. Serve it as a traditional German Christmas drink or gift it to loved ones during the holiday season.

So why not try making some mulled wine for yourself? It’s an easy and fun way to experiment with different spices and flavors while enjoying a cozy winter evening at home. Cheers to a delicious and warming cup of mulled wine!

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine Recipe

This is a favorite holiday beverage in my family. I think I got the recipe originally from the label on a specialty Christmas wine that was produced by the Chatham Hill Wine company. But honestly any balanced red will hit the spot.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine European
Calories 254.8 kcal


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves


  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan, heat over medium low heat until sugar is melted, and wine is warm. (be careful to never bring it to a boil.).
  • Strain and serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 210gCalories: 254.8kcalCarbohydrates: 30.2gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 8.2mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 26.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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