Delicious Brazilian Recipe: Mulled Wine Heaven!

Join me on a journey to Brazil with this delicious recipe for Quentão – Brazilian Mulled Wine. This hot and spicy beverage will warm you up from the inside-out with its beautiful combination of red wine, cachaça, and spices. The drink is perfect for any occasion, but especially during winter or when celebrating Brazil’s Festa Junina festival.

One of the great things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients, and with some quick steps, your quentão will be ready in no time. You can adjust the seasoning to your liking, making it as sweet or as spicy as you wish.

So put on some Brazilian tunes and let’s start making this classic wine cocktail!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Quentão - Brazilian Mulled Wine
Quentão – Brazilian Mulled Wine

Stop what you’re doing, drop everything and listen up! Do you want a taste of Brazil that will transport your senses directly to the lively streets of Festa Junina? Look no further! I present to you, Quentão – the Brazilian mulled wine recipe that will take your palate on a trip south.

Why will you love this recipe? First and foremost, it is easy to make. Just gather all the ingredients, let them simmer together in one pot and in 30 minutes, voila! You have a traditional Brazilian drink made with simple pantry staples. It’s perfect for hosting a crowd or enjoying quietly by yourself.

Another reason why you will love Quentão is its unique and aromatic flavors. The blend of cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise and orange peels all mixed together with cachaça, a Brazilian sugar cane liquor, creates a bold medley of flavors that will captivate even the pickiest drinkers.

Not only is it tasty and easy to make. This special drink has a great presentation value with its deep red color and freshly-sliced fruits immersed in the pot’s warm embrace. It’s perfect for capturing anyone’s attention as it is served hot and steamy, making for a fun conversation starter at any gathering.

In addition, if you’re looking for an alcoholic drink that is not overbearing and easily paired with any dish – be it sweet or salty – Quentão is perfect for you! The sweetness can be adjusted to your liking by tweaking the amount of sugar added into the mix.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Quentão is infused with cultural significance. It plays an integral part in ‘Festa Junina’, a celebration honoring St. John the Baptist that takes place every year in Brazil throughout June. So, imagine yourself sitting on Copacabana beach watching fireworks light up the sky while sipping on this delicious concoction – all from the comfort of your own home.

In conclusion, what’s not to love about a warm, comforting and spiced wine that can transport you immediately to Brazil with just one sip? This recipe guarantees an experience unlike any other alcoholic drink you’ve tasted before. Don’t take my word for it, give it a try yourself and impress your friends with this traditional Brazilian recipe. Salud!

Ingredient List

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Quentão Brazilian Mulled Wine Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 sliced fresh orange
  • 1 sliced fresh lime
  • 2 pieces of lemongrass
  • 1 sliced fresh pear
  • 1 sliced fresh peach
  • 1 sliced fresh apple
  • A thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • A few strips of fresh orange peel
  • A star anise
  • Optional: 1/4 cup of Cachaça or Cointreau liqueur

The ingredients provide a lovely aroma that fills up the air from afar. As bolded above, the red wine, water, and sugar, are the primary essentials for brewing this traditional Brazilian spiced wine. The spices, which include cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise, fill out and enhance the aroma and continued flavors. Additionally, in replacing an ingredient, the fruits suggest substituting with pears (out) and apples (in) or peaches are also optional for varied recipe experimentation. To add more alcohol content to spice up your drinking pleasure, add a Cachaça, or substitute with Cointreau or brandy.

The Recipe How-To

Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, let’s start with the recipe, “Quentão,” a traditional Brazilian mulled wine recipe. It is an alcoholic drink made from red wine, spices, and sugar, creating a perfect hot drink for cold days.

Step 1: Preparing ingredients

  • In a large pot, add 3 cups of water along with 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 pieces of lemongrass, and 1 whole star anise. Bring to boil over medium heat.
  • While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sliced fruits ahead of time. Slice one fresh pear, one fresh peach, one fresh apple, one orange and one lime.

Step 2: Adding wine and sugar

  • Once the water boils, add in the sliced fruits and let it simmer for around 5 minutes.
  • Add in 1 cup of sugar and stir to dissolve completely.
  • Pour in 1.5 cups of red wine, stir well and maintain heat until boiling point.

Step 3: Infusing spices

  • Reduce heat until mixture is barely simmering.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of whole cloves.
  • Stir occasionally for at least 20 minutes to allow the spices’ flavor to infuse into the mixture.

Step 4: Filtering

  • After the spices are infused with the mixture, take out all floating fruits and whole spices from the pot using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

The Brazilian quentão recipe is now complete; you can serve and enjoy it right away.

Note: To make traditional Brazilian quentão, substitution ingredients like Cointreau liqueur or cachaça can be added for an extra kick.

Now that you have made Quentão using this easy-to-follow recipe how-to guide; indulge yourself with a warm and spicy pleasure by savoring every sip.

Substitutions and Variations

 This Brazilian mulled wine is perfect for cozy winter nights ❄️🍷
This Brazilian mulled wine is perfect for cozy winter nights ❄️🍷

Although the Quentão recipe is traditional and has a distinct flavor, there are a few ingredient substitutions and variations that can make this beverage more adaptable to personal taste. If you’re looking to add a fun twist to your traditional Brazilian Mulled Wine recipe, here are some options you can try:

– Alcoholic Substitutions: Cointreau liqueur or rum can replace the cachaça in this recipe, providing you with a distinct flavor profile.

– Fruits: The fruits used in the recipe can be substituted with the ones of your choice like oranges, lemons or even strawberries.

– Spice Variations: Star anise or cardamom can be added for more flavor complexity.

– Sugar options: White sugar can be replaced with brown or Muscovado sugar for richer flavor.

These items may not be traditional ingredients for Quentão but they should work well with the recipe. Plus, don’t hesitate to improvise with other spices and fruits that complement your palate.

Serving and Pairing

 Add some warmth to your day with a cup of Quentão 🔥
Add some warmth to your day with a cup of Quentão 🔥

Quentão is best served hot, with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick adorning the glass. It’s a perfect drink to serve during the winter or on cold evenings. This cozy Brazilian mulled wine is a crowd-pleaser that pairs well with a variety of snacks and small bites.

If you are planning to serve quentão as the main attraction, consider pairing it with some traditional Brazilian cuisine. For example, it goes particularly well with pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) or feijão tropeiro (bean and pork stew). Both of these dishes complement the warm spices in the quentão and make it a well-rounded meal.

For those with a sweet tooth, quentão plays well with many desserts as well. Serve it alongside brigadeiros (chocolate truffles) or beijinhos (coconut truffles) for an authentic Brazilian experience. You can also try pairing quentão with something chocolatey like a brownie or cake.

If you want to take it up a notch, try adding some cocktails to the menu that complement the flavors of quentão. A good option is to serve caipirinhas, a popular Brazilian cocktail made from cachaca and lime juice, which pairs exceptionally well with this spicy Brazilian mulled wine.

In summary, serving quentão is all about comfort and togetherness. The versatile drink allows you to create a cozy atmosphere shared among family members and friends that can be elevated by traditional Brazilian foods and/or dessert dishes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The secret to Quentão lies in the spices 🌶️
The secret to Quentão lies in the spices 🌶️

The beauty of Quentão Brazilian mulled wine is not just in its warming and festive flavor, but also in its convenience when it comes to make-ahead, storing and reheating. In fact, you can make a large batch of this drink ahead of time for a party and store it easily in your fridge.

To store Quentão, allow the drink to cool down to room temperature first. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. When it comes time to serve, simply gently reheat the drink over low heat on your stove.

Additionally, you can also freeze Quentão to enjoy at a later time. To do so, pour the cooled Quentão into a large freezer-safe container or even several smaller ones and place it in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, allow the frozen drink to thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating gently on a low heat stove.

Overall, the ability to make this delicious cocktail ahead of time and store it for later consumption makes it an excellent choice for holiday parties or any celebration when you’d rather spend more time enjoying yourself than standing behind the bar. Just remember that Quentão is meant to be served hot as a warming treat on chilly evenings – so go ahead, warm up your soul with this fantastic Brazilian classic!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Cheers to a delicious cup of homemade Quentão with friends 🥂
Cheers to a delicious cup of homemade Quentão with friends 🥂

To make the perfect Quentão, there are some tips that will help you get the best results. Here are some of my recommendations to ensure your Brazilian mulled wine recipe turns out delicious every time:

1. Choose a good quality wine:

Using a good quality dry red wine is essential in making an excellent Quentão. It’s the base of the drink and sets the tone for the overall flavor profile.

2. Experiment with different fruits:

While sliced apples and pears are traditional fruits used in Quentão, feel free to experiment with other ingredients like sliced peaches or even fresh ginger! The fruit will add natural sweetness to your drink and complement the spices perfectly.

3. Use whole spices:

To infuse your Quentão with flavor, use whole spices like cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise instead of ground ones. Whole spices create a stronger aroma and better taste.

4. Don’t boil the wine:

One common mistake when making Quentão is boiling the wine on high heat. This will cause the alcohol to evaporate quickly, leaving behind an unpleasant, bitter aftertaste. Heat the wine over low heat instead.

5. Let it steep:

Allow your Quentão to steep for at least 30 minutes before serving to fully infuse all flavors together.

6. Strain before Serving:

Before serving your Quentão, strain it to remove any pieces of fruit or spices that may have been added during preparation.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious traditional Brazilian mulled wine recipe that everyone will love!


Before concluding this recipe, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about the Brazilian quentão recipe. Understanding some of these aspects will make it easier for us to have a perfect quentão experience.

What to add to pre bought mulled wine?

Enhancing the flavors of a warm cup of mulled wine requires various ingredients to be added to the mix. A cinnamon stick can be dropped in, along with a slice of orange to balance out the spices. To further intensify the aroma, cloves can be carefully dotted into the peel of an orange and dropped into the wine. Star anise, another whole spice, can also be added to give the drink a deeper complexity. For a pop of color, a few cherries or berries can be tossed in to add a touch of brightness to the rich hues of the mulled wine.

What stick of a seasoning would you put in a mulled wine?

To make the perfect mulled wine, it is crucial to use whole cinnamon, star anise, and cloves instead of ground. These spices play a significant role in enhancing the flavor profile of the wine.

Is spiced wine the same as mulled wine?

Mulled wine can be known by various monikers like spiced wine, hot wine, glögg, glühwein, or vin chaud, which are used interchangeably. Although the ingredients change depending on the region or personal preference, it’s still the same drink: a warm, spiced wine.

How do you make mulled wine more alcoholic?

When preparing mulled wine, it’s best to maintain a drinkable temperature while preserving the wine’s distinct aromas. For an added punch, some recipes recommend spiking it with brandy or another spirit.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Quentão recipe is an exquisite traditional Brazilian cocktail that will delight your taste buds with its spicy and sweet flavors. This hot drink is perfect for cold winter nights or any festivity like the Festa Junina.

This Brazilian mulled wine recipe has a perfect blend of spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise combined with fruits such as apples, pears, and peaches. The secret ingredient that makes Quentão stand out from other mulled wine recipes is the addition of Brazilian cachaça and Cointreau liqueur.

Additionally, this recipe is versatile and can be customized to fit different tastes. You can choose a dry red wine or white wine, replace some of the fruit with orange peels or lime, or adjust the sugar content to your liking.

When serving Quentão, pair it with savory snacks like cheese platters or chocolate desserts to complement the flavors. Also, make sure to store leftovers in a tight container in the fridge and reheat it when needed.

Overall, this traditional Brazilian grog cocktail is a must-try for anyone who wants to experience new flavors and expand their horizons. Don’t hesitate to make this fabulous mulled wine recipe and impress your family and friends with your mixology skills!

Quentão - Brazilian Mulled Wine

Quentão - Brazilian Mulled Wine Recipe

Quentão (Portugese for "big heat") is a traditional drink for the Brazilian Festa Junina, a Catholic celebration of Saints John the Baptist, Peter and Anthony. It will definitely help keep your toes warm this winter. From Houston's Fogo de Chao as published in our local paper.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 237.4 kcal


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces lemongrass
  • 1 fresh pear, sliced
  • 1 fresh peach, sliced
  • 1 fresh apple, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 pint water
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (Merlot, Cabernet, or Burgundy will all work)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cointreau liqueur
  • 3 ounces cachaca (rum may be substituted if you can't find the cachaca)


  • Combine all the fruit and condiments in a saucepan.
  • Add water and heat to a boil; boil two minutes.
  • Add the wine and boil for another two minutes.
  • Reduce heat to warm and add the Cointreau and the cachaça (or rum).
  • Serve hot.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 257gCalories: 237.4kcalCarbohydrates: 37.3gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 8.3mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Brazilian, Free Of..., Fruit, South American, Winter
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