Mulled Wine

October 16, 2013 by Ali

Mulled Wine Recipe |

I have always been a mulled cider lover.

And a wine lover.

But it wasn’t until I spent a few weeks in Europe last winter that I came to realize that I am totally a mulled wine lover too!

Seriously though — why is mulled wine not a bigger deal in the United States?!? It is seriously the perfect drink to warm you up in the evening after a chilly day out in the cold. And it’s filled with delicious spices just like cider. And warm. And sangria-ish sweet, but not too sweet. And warm. And easy to make in just 20 minutes, or made even easier in the slow cooker. And did I mention it’s warm?

Easy Mulled Wine Recipe |

I also love that mulled wine will forever bring back memories with good friends in England.

For those new to the blog, I had the privilege of spending nearly a month last December in Europe, traveling through Barcelona, Marseilles, Savona, Rome, and Sicily. It was amazing. But it wasn’t until I spent time in England (London, Oxford, Shrewsbury, and London again) that I began to fall in love with all things mulled and warm, especially mulled wine.

Easy Mulled Wine Recipe |

Let me just point out that I was freezing the entire time we were in England. My wool pea coat and scarf were not cutting it. (Hence my resolution this winter to buy a “puffy” coat.) But we quickly discovered that just about every pub in England keeps a big black cauldron of simmering wine, and my friends and I quickly became fans. Some were sweeter, some were spicier, some were fruitier, but I loved them all. It’s basically like spiced sangria — and warm!!!

Mulled Wine Recipe |

Little did I know that mulled wine would actually be so quick and easy to make at home too. Turns out that it literally could not be easier. Simply bring a bottle of wine with an orange and some spices to a boil, then let it simmer for at least 15 minutes, and that’s ample time to create a delicious serving of mulled wine. You can, of course, let it simmer for much longer — which has the added benefit of making your home smell even more amazing. Or you can also let it mull in the slow cooker.

Mulled Wine Recipe |

Feel free to tweak the seasonings as you’d like. I’m sure this is another drink (like my homemade chai recipe) that everyone likes spiced or sweetened a little differently. But bottom line, if you love mulled wine, you should totally try making it at home on a chilly evening.

Mulled Wine

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 4 glasses of mulled wine (or 3.5 cups)


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise


Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready.


Speaking of wine, I also wanted to let you know that I am taking off to Kohler, Wisconsin tomorrow with some wonderful bloggers (Sommer, Amanda, Amy, Dara, Heidi, and Sandy) for the Kohler Food & Wine Experience. If you happen to be there, be sure to come say hi! Otherwise, feel free to follow our adventures on Twitter or Instagram via the hashtag #kohlerfoodandwine. Cheers!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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51 thoughts on “Mulled Wine

  1. Loved, loved, loved your recipe. It was such a Christmas party hit!

    - Disha

  2. I was wondering if you could substitute for the Star Anise? What would that be if you can? Thanks, looks wonderful and delish!

    - Kathryn

  3. Simple recipe and gorgeous photos! I’ll be trying this out tonight. P.S. I am a huge proponent of the “puffy” coat – makes a world of difference in the winter.

    - Julie

  4. I’m going to serve this recipe at my Christmas cookie exchange party!

    - Lisa

  5. Aldi also sells Gluhwine (german mulled wine) premixed and everything during the holidays, I bought some yesterday all you do is heat and serve then!

    - Jessica w

  6. This looks so comforting, and it looks so pretty with the star anise on top!

    - Chocolate Shavings

  7. I LOVE mulled wine and, being from England, I’ve never understood why it wasn’t a bigger deal in the US. Maybe because you guys have eggnog and we don’t? Anyway, every year I get so excited for the Christmas period, mainly just so I can drink mulled wine!

    - Julia @ hungryandconfused

  8. I love mulled wine – it’s one of my favorites for the colder season..I need to make your version at home now!!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  9. I was so in the mood for this tonight! Looks delish!

    - Luv What You Do

  10. Mulled wine is one of my favs!! It’s so warm and comforting…mmmmmm. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Ali! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  11. Mmmhhh Glühwein…… Im original from Germany and there’s nothing better than mulled wine with some Christmas cookies…. We also enjoy mulled white wine with different spices….can’t wait for Christmas :)

    - Elisa

  12. When we lived in Switzerland for two years, we developed a love for mulled wine (or vin chaud) too. It is a winter staple.

    - Melissa B in IL

  13. I love mulled wine, but I’ve never had it with brandy. The cinnamon sticks and the anise sound like a great addition too. Lovely!

    - Adriana

  14. Yum, I love mulled wine but have never made it– thanks for the recipe!

    - Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

  15. I’ve never had mulled wine before but I’m intrigued! And can I just say – these pictures are stunningly gorgeous Ali!!

    - Tracey

  16. Ah I can’t wait for cooler weather just to make this!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  17. My goodness, Ali – you always read my mind! I’ve been wanting to make homemade chai tea for awhile now and you provided one amazing recipe for it. And just when I began to crave mulled wine to sip on with friends – you post this recipe. I am in love with mulled wine. It’s a fall must-have for me.

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  18. Mulled wine is one of my all time favorite fall and Christmas must-makes. I’m always experimenting with new versions, so I’m pumped to try yours. Have a great time at Kohler. Sending love from Madison! (be sure to smuggle home plenty of cheese if you can :) )

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  19. Crap, I too was freezing in England last year and did NOT know this was an option! Oh well, cheaper to make it at home :)

    - Sadye

  20. I’ve always wanted to make my own mulled wine! Can’t wait to get started! Gorgeous pics, friend!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  21. I’m trying to talk my cooking-adverse husband through this recipe on facebook. He’s resisting at the moment, but our mutual friends should join in to pile on the pressure soon.

    Needless to say, I am really excited to try this and the Chai recipe.

    Loving all of your posts, thank you!!

    - Alma

  22. SO cool! And John has already requested it, so mulled wine it is. Gorgeous photos, too!

    - dana

  23. And the mulled wine that the pubs in London is so so good! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Mimi

  24. Love mulled wine! And it’s the perfect time of year to start heating it up, thanks for the reminder! Oh, and this is the winter I buy a “puffy” coat too. I’m so tired of being cold. You’ll have to let me know if you find one you love!

    - Annalise @ Completely Delicious

  25. oh just give me a straw!! but I’ll have to sip it slowly lol

    - steph@stephsbitebybite

  26. I absolutley adore mulled wine (and cider!) and also wonder why it isn’t a bigger deal here in the US! Come on people, it’s warm spicy WINE!

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  27. Love that your introducing a whole continent to mulled wine! There’s nothing quite like it on a cold day.

    - Kathryn

  28. I love Mulled Wine. It’s a staple with my family over the holidays.

    - Kristi

  29. Ohhh I totally want to try this! I love sangria in the summer, so this is the perfect way to make that work for the winter!

    - Liz @ I Heart Vegetables