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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284 comments on “Mulled Wine”

  1. You don’t know how much I love mulled wine , i will try this recipe for sure asap !

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  18. We’re in Ontario CANADA; 15 degrees celius & rainy. this recipe will take chill off. 1st1 tried in europe where it perfect in chilly countries. 

    • Oh my goodness, just reading that is making us shiver! haha. We hope you enjoy this and that it helps keep you warm! :)

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  24. How do you do this in the slow cooker? 8 whole cinnamon cloves?

    • Hi Molly! It’s 8 whole cloves and 2 cinnamon sticks. And you can do this in the slow cooker by cooking on low until everything is warm, (30 minutes-an hour), then just keep it on the warm setting. We hope you enjoy!

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  30. I would like to make this but I’m not a dry wine kind of person. Would it affect the flavor using red wine or the wine will not  be as dry as if you are just drinking the  wine itself. 
    Thanks!!

    • Hi there! Feel free to use a red wine that you like (it’s not essential that it’s a dry one). We hope you enjoy!

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  35. It’s  -32  in Edmonton and I thought I would try this out with alcohol free wine so mommy to be’s can warm tthemselves on some as well. . This Christmas I will be making a huge batch on the back of the stove .. lovely recipe. . Thanks so very much

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  39. If a batch doesn’t get finished in one sitting can you cool it and then reheat the next day? Will it still be good?

  40. You state early on “simply bring a bottle of wine TO A BOIL…then let it simmer…”
    But in your “method” section you caution against bringing the wine to a boil, “as you don’t want to boil the alcohol out!”
    You even then talk of “reducing the heat to medium-low and letting the wine simmer.”
    So do you actually bring the wine to the boil…or do you not?
    As an English person who knows all about mulled wine, (we invented it many centuries ago), I can assure you that you most definitely DO NOT bring the wine to the boil.

    • Hi Tide — oops, that is a mistake, and we appreciate you catching it. It should only ever come to a simmer, never a boil. We’ve edited the recipe. We’re sorry for the confusion!

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  43. My family and I were in Ireland for our Winter Vocation 2 years ago.
    We loved the Mulled wine there.
    I had the recipe but misplaced it.
    It will be Mulled Wine this Christmas Eve .
    Thank you.
    Sophia. 

  44. This is a lovely recipe!  Merry Christmas! xxx

  45. I’m not a wine person and don’t know what type of red to buy? Cabernet?

    • Hi Luan! We like a fruity California Zin or a Grenache for this. We’ve used Cardinal Zin (from Big House) a few times and love it, and it’s very affordable too. We hope this helps and that you enjoy! :)

  46. This was amazing! I’m making my second batch for a party tonight. It’s tangy and sweet and wonderful!

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