Mulled Wine

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

Spiced mulled wine is a winter favorite -- warm, flavorful, and always so comforting!


  • 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 simmer 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.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Mulled Wine Recipe |


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  1. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables — October 16, 2013 @ 6:19 am (#)

    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!

  2. Kristi — October 16, 2013 @ 6:21 am (#)

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

  3. Kathryn — October 16, 2013 @ 6:26 am (#)

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

  4. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — October 16, 2013 @ 7:33 am (#)

    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!

  5. steph@stephsbitebybite — October 16, 2013 @ 9:01 am (#)

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

  6. Annalise @ Completely Delicious — October 16, 2013 @ 9:23 am (#)

    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!

  7. Mimi — October 16, 2013 @ 10:04 am (#)

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

  8. dana — October 16, 2013 @ 11:47 am (#)

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

  9. Alma — October 16, 2013 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    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!!

  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 16, 2013 @ 1:14 pm (#)

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

  11. Sadye — October 16, 2013 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    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 :)

  12. Erin | The Law Students Wife — October 16, 2013 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    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 :) )

  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 16, 2013 @ 4:57 pm (#)

    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.

  14. Paula - bell'alimento — October 16, 2013 @ 6:18 pm (#)

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

  15. Tracey — October 16, 2013 @ 8:12 pm (#)

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

  16. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate — October 16, 2013 @ 8:38 pm (#)

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

  17. Adriana — October 16, 2013 @ 11:16 pm (#)

    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!

  18. Melissa B in IL — October 17, 2013 @ 7:56 am (#)

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

  19. Elisa — October 17, 2013 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    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 :)

  20. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 17, 2013 @ 6:15 pm (#)

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

  21. Luv What You Do — October 17, 2013 @ 10:39 pm (#)

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

  22. Julie @ Table for Two — October 18, 2013 @ 11:20 am (#)

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

  23. Julia @ hungryandconfused — October 20, 2013 @ 6:45 am (#)

    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!

  24. Chocolate Shavings — October 20, 2013 @ 7:37 am (#)

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

  25. Jessica w — November 25, 2013 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    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!

  26. Lisa — December 1, 2013 @ 8:50 pm (#)

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

  27. Julie — December 7, 2013 @ 10:16 am (#)

    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.

  28. Kathryn — December 20, 2013 @ 10:36 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 5:02 pm (#)

      If you don’t like star anise, you can just omit it. :) Enjoy!

  29. Disha — December 21, 2013 @ 10:42 pm (#)

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

  30. Nicole — November 7, 2014 @ 9:58 am (#)

    Trying this on my family this year. I love that there aren’t a million ingredients! Also your photos are GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Eleanor — November 25, 2014 @ 10:34 am (#)

    You don’t have mulled wine in the Staes?! That MAKES Christmas for me back over the pond. We introduced our Brazilian flatmate to it recently, and I’ve never seen anyone look happier. 

    Thought you might like a slight alteration: swap the brandy for cointreau or another orange liqueur. It brings out the zesty flavours even more. Popping the spices into a muslim cloth tied with a pretty ribbon makes a great gift too!

  32. Kent Morrow — November 27, 2014 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    Loved the taste and ingredients, however my English and German friends recommend NOT boiling the wine and or brandy with the other ingredients, as that basically takes the alcohol content out. In Europe, the wine and brandy is added only after the heat has cooled down to a simmer or warm, then added. But if you like it not so strong and boozy, maybe boiling the wine with everything else is a good tip!

  33. sarah — November 30, 2014 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    I LOVE mulled wine and make it many times during the holiday season. To prevent boiling out the alcohol (most important part!) I start with a cup of water at the beginning and boil the spices in that instead of the wine. After about 15 minutes, I add the wine, turn heat to low and cook another 15 minutes. Then add brandy! 

  34. Priscila Santos — June 21, 2015 @ 10:49 am (#)

    We make a similar recipe here in Brazil with wine, vodka or Brazilian cachaça (an alcoholic beverage made of sugar cane), cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger and sugar.  You can boil it as much as you want, depending on how alcoholic you want it to be, you can even boil it until it is not alcoholic anymore. This is called “quentão”, which sort of means “great warmth” because it really heats up the cold winter nights, specially here in southern Brazil where we get some below zero temperatures and snow. But I’m definitely interested on trying your recipe with oranges ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 25, 2015 @ 9:55 pm (#)

      That’s so cool, Priscila, thank you for sharing! Do you add any fruit to the alcohol while you’re boiling it?

  35. Housewifeish — November 17, 2015 @ 11:07 am (#)

    Mulled wine!! I didn’t love it at first, until Christmas markets in Germany snuggled up with styrofoam cups of gluewhein. Swoon.  My tip: cooking it longer cooks out the alcohol. So, if you’re having non-drinkers at a party, cook it for a long time without the brandy, and then everyone can “alcohol to taste.” Excellent looking recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17, 2015 @ 1:53 pm (#)

      Awesome, thanks for sharing with us, that’s a good tip for sure! :)


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