Mulled Wine

This traditional hot mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make, and so cozy and delicious!

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’s 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 it’s warm.  And it’s sangria-ish sweet, but not too sweet.  And it’s warm.  And it’s easy to make in just 20 minutes, or made even easier in the slow cooker.  Oh, and did I mention it’s warm?

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My original photo for this recipe from 2013. :)

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

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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.

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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 Very Serious Puffy Furry 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!!!

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 simmer (not 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.

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.

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Mulled Wine

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


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise


Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer (not a boil — you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!) over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*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.

*Recipe was doubled on here in

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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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