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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  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 :(

    • 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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