Mulled Wine

This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s SO cozy and delicious.

This classic Mulled Wine recipe is quick and easy to make, and the perfect drink for winter and holiday entertaining. Easy to make on the stove or slow cooker, seasoned with cinnamon and orange and spices, and so delicious! | Gimme Some Oven #gluhwein #mulled #wine #cocktail #holiday

Mmmmm…mulled wine.  

Also known as glühwein, vino caliente, glögg, vin brulé, bisschopswijn, vin chaud, candola, vinho quente…or literally a hundred other names, depending on where in the world life may find you.  Needless to say, it seems like just about everyone in the world loves some hot wine.  And clearly, I can vouch that you all do too.

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I actually first shared this recipe five years ago this month, after returning home from a chilly trip to Spain and England in 2012, where my friends I fell in love with warm mugs of hot wine each evening in the pubs.  Since then, literally hundreds of thousands of you have pulled up this recipe to simmer warm batches for yourself.  (Amazing.)  And I ironically now find myself living back in the continent where I first fell in love with the drink, where we have been served warm mugs of it at nearly every holiday gathering and Christmas market and food festival we attend.  And in season of such newness and transition, it has felt more comforting and nostalgic and delicious as ever.

So today, in honor of my mulled wine recipe’s 5 year-iversary on the blog, I thought I would bump it back up to the top (along with a new step-by-step video and fresh photos) for all of you looking to simmer a cozy batch for yourself this winter.

Because after having made this recipe dozens and dozens of times myself over the years, I am absolutely convinced that homemade mulled wine just about the easiest recipe ever for winter and holiday entertaining.  Truly.  It literally just takes about 5 minutes to prep.  It’s easy to scale anywhere from a “date night” to two…up to big holiday parties with dozens.  It’s easy to customize with your favorite spices, and spike with your favorite liqueurs.  It’s easy to make on the stovetop or slow cooker.  It’s hands-down better than any holiday candle for making your home smell amazing.  And it’s guaranteed to warm everyone up on a chilly winter night.

So grab a bottle of inexpensive wine (no need to spring for anything fancy) and let’s get to mulling!

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This classic Mulled Wine recipe is quick and easy to make, and the perfect drink for winter and holiday entertaining. Easy to make on the stove or slow cooker, seasoned with cinnamon and orange and spices, and so delicious! | Gimme Some Oven #gluhwein #mulled #wine #cocktail #holiday

My original photo for this recipe from 2012. :)

To begin, gather your ingredients.  You’ll need:

  • Wine: Red or white, you pick.  And definitely nothing expensive, since the mulling spices and citrus will be the dominant flavors here.
  • Citrus: Oranges (or clementines) are classic here, but feel free to add lemons or limes for color.
  • Cinnamon: I love the look of sticks, but you could whisk in some ground cinnamon if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Other spices: These vary from country to country, but I cloves and star anise are my favorites, plus occasionally a few pods of cardamom.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add your favorite sweetener to taste.  Sugar is classic, but I prefer a few tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.  (Or you’re welcome to skip any additional sweeteners.)
  • Extra liqueur: Similar to sangria, it’s also traditional to spike your mulled wine with an extra bit of liqueur, if you’d like.  I like a bit of brandy, but any favorite liqueur will do here.  (Or again, you can nix this step too.)

This classic Mulled Wine recipe is quick and easy to make, and the perfect drink for winter and holiday entertaining. Easy to make on the stove or slow cooker, seasoned with cinnamon and orange and spices, and so delicious! | Gimme Some Oven #gluhwein #mulled #wine #cocktail #holiday

Also, I tend to traditional just simmer my mulled wine on the stove.  But it’s also easy to make in the slow cooker or even Instant Pot, if you prefer.  The rule of mulled wine is just to be sure that it does not boil, so that you don’t accidentally boil off the alcohol.  ;)

Just simmer for at least 15 minutes, or up to 3 or 4 hours, so that all of those delicious flavors can come together.  Then strain out the spices, and serve warm…

This classic Mulled Wine recipe is quick and easy to make, and the perfect drink for winter and holiday entertaining. Easy to make on the stove or slow cooker, seasoned with cinnamon and orange and spices, and so delicious! | Gimme Some Oven #gluhwein #mulled #wine #cocktail #holiday

…topped with any of your favorite garnishes, if desired.

This classic Mulled Wine recipe is quick and easy to make, and the perfect drink for winter and holiday entertaining. Easy to make on the stove or slow cooker, seasoned with cinnamon and orange and spices, and so delicious! | Gimme Some Oven #gluhwein #mulled #wine #cocktail #holiday

So simple, and so delicious.  Enjoy, everyone!

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Mulled Wine

Homemade mulled wine is incredibly easy to make on the stovetop (or simmer in the slow cooker), it’s easy to customize with your favorite spices and add-ins, and it is SO cozy and delicious.  Perfect for winter and holiday entertaining!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  2. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*Feel free to use your choice of sweetener here, or leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.

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

***I doubled the recipe for the photographs shown above.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  27. 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!

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

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  32. 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.

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

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

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