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.

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!

Mulled Wine Recipe | 1-Minute Video

 

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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  6. 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!

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  9. Does anyone know why mine came out very sour tasting?  Could it be the size of the orange?

    • Hi Sheila! We’re not sure why this could have come out on the sour side, unless maybe it was the type of wine you used? Or possibly the orange, but we doubt it. Either way, we’re sorry this happened, we haven’t had this experience before! :/

  10. I’m visiting the Christmas Village in Philadelphia next week and they have this and I can’t wait to try it! 

  11. I’m visiting the Christmas Village in Philadelphia next week & can’t wait to try it there❤️

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  14. Hi there! This looks delish -I want to make it this weekend! I am wondering though, would you think it would be ok for me to actually make it on Friday night, leave it in the fridge over night, and reheat it on Saturday? I just don’t think I will have enough time on Saturday to actually make it, wanting to do it ahead of time!
    Thank you :)

  15. My husband and I made this last night while we decorated our tree. It was very tasty! We loved it but we think the orange slices soaked up a ton of the wine because we only got about 2.5 cups out of it. Next time we’ll just add the orange slices to the cup before serving. Other than that, we will definitely be trying this again in our crockpot!

    • Thanks for sharing Kelli, we’re glad you guys enjoyed it! That’s crazy about the oranges though, we’re sorry about that!

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  17. Of all the recipes I looked at on the internet this looks to be the most promising! I have never made mulled wine myself but have had it before and it was delicious! I was wondering if I omit the brandy can/ should I add another liquid (like cranberry juice or orange juice)? And is it possible to make this in a crock pot?

    • Thank you Megan, we hope you enjoy it! You can definitely use cranberry or orange juice instead of the brandy, and you can also make this in a crockpot, but it won’t take long. Put the water and honey/sugar and your juices in the crockpot, on high. Stir to dissolve the sugar/honey. Add the rest of the ingredients and heat to a simmer. Then put the crockpot on the “warm” setting, and heat for about 30 minutes before you want to serve. :)

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  36. Made this last night and it was DELICIOUS. Didn’t have the Star anise but this turned out incredible. My apartment smelled great. Can’t wait to pass this easy recipe on to my friends and family, thanks for sharing!

  37. The recipe says white wine, but the ingredients say red. I presume it’s red; I’ve never seen it with white. 

    I’m definitely doing this for Christmas!

    • Hi Ariel, we’re sorry for the confusion, we have a new mulled wine recipe coming out this week and we just made some mistakes copying/pasting, but the original recipe is back up! :)

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  39. Hi when I originally pulled up this recipe it was made with 1 bottle of wine and was a little different. What happened to that recipe?
    I was going to use it for my Christmas gift enclosure with a bottle of wine :(
    Thx

    • Hi Karen! We’re sorry for the confusion, we have a new mulled wine recipe coming out this week and we just made some mistakes copying/pasting, but the original recipe is back up! :)

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  42. Christmas in Cyprus, sunshine at the harbour, colder in the mountains, where we live. The slow simmer makes such a welcoming aroma to our home. Kalo Chrisogena (Merry Christmas!!)

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  49. Your recipe looks really good. I don’t have the star anise unfortunately and I really want to stick with the recipe However I have a substitute aniseed essence. How much should I add equivalentlly to this recipe? 

    • Hi Nemal, hmmm, we haven’t tried this with anise seed essence, but it looks like 1/2 tsp should do it. We hope this helps and that you enjoy!

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