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 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.

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.


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