Mulled Wine

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This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make and always SO cozy and delicious.

Mulled Wine Recipe

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 loved warming up 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 mulled wine at nearly every holiday gathering and Christmas market and food festival we attend.  In our first holiday season away from home, this festive drink 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 of the site (along with a new step-by-step video and fresh photos) for those of you who may also 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 and can be made either on the stovetop or in a slow cooker.  It’s easy to scale anywhere from a “date night” to two…up to big holiday parties with dozens. It’s totally customizable with your favorite spices and spike with your favorite liqueurs.  And it’s guaranteed to make your home smell absolutely amazing and 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

Mulled Wine with Orange

My original photo for this recipe from 2012. :)

Mulled Wine Ingredients:

To begin, gather your ingredients.  For this mulled wine recipe, you will need:

  • Wine: No need to splurge on a pricey bottle — any basic bottle of dry red or white wine will do.  (Or if you’re making a big batch, this is a great recipe to break out the boxed wine too!)
  • Fresh oranges: One of which we will slice and mull with the wine, one of which you can slice and use as a garnish if you’d like.  (To minimize bitterness, feel free to peel the orange before simmering it in the wine.)
  • Cinnamon: I love the making mulled wine with cinnamon sticks, but you could whisk in some ground cinnamon if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Mulling spices: These vary in mulled wine from country to country, but whole cloves and star anise are my favorites, plus perhaps a few cardamom pods.
  • Sweetener: Feel free to add your favorite sweetener to taste.  Sugar is classic, but I prefer to naturally sweeten mine with either maple syrup or honey.
  • Extra liqueur (optional): Similar to sangria, it’s also traditional to spike your mulled wine with an extra bit of liqueur, if you’d like.  I like to add a bit of brandy, bourbon or cognac, but any favorite liqueur will do here.  (Or you can skip the extra liqueur if you prefer.)

How To Make Mulled Wine

How To Make Mulled Wine:

To make mulled wine, simply…

  1. Combine ingredients.  Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and give them a quick stir.
  2. Simmer.  Heat until the wine just barely reaches a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Avoid letting it bubble in any way — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Strain and season.  Using a fine mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise and ginger.  Give the mulled wine a taste, and stir in your desired amount of extra sweetener if needed.
  4. Serve. Serve warm in heatproof mugs, topped with your favorite garnishes.

Full ingredient amounts/instructions listed in the recipe below.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Possible Variations:

Want to customize this mulled wine a bit?  Feel free to…

  • Use white wine: This recipe is also delicious (and lovely) when made with a dry white wine.
  • Use a different liqueur: Instead of brandy, feel free to add in some Cointreau, bourbon or cognac.
  • Use a chai tea bag: In place of the cloves and star anise, feel free to steep 1 or 2 chai tea bags in the mulled wine (preferably caffeine-free, if you are serving this to a group in the evening).
  • Add fruit juice: If you would like to add in some cranberry juice, consider making my ginger cranberry mulled wine recipe!

Mulled Wine Recipe Gimme Some Oven

More Holiday Drink Recipes:

Looking for more festive holiday drink ideas?  Here are a few more favorite holiday drink recipes:


Mulled Wine

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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!



  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds (also peeled, if you would like a less-bitter drink)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 to 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


  1. Combine ingredients.  Add wine, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, 2 tablespoons sweetener, and brandy to a large saucepan.  Stir briefly to combine.
  2. Simmer.  Cook the mulled wine on medium-high heat until it just barely reaches a simmer.  (Avoid letting it bubble — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Strain.  Using a fine mesh strainer, remove and discard the orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.  Give the mulled wine a taste, and stir in extra sweetener if needed.
  4. Serve. Serve warm in heatproof mugs, topped with your favorite garnishes.


Cheesecloth option: 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.

Photos: I doubled the recipe for the photographs shown above.

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358 comments on “Mulled Wine”

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  3. Easy simple to follow recipe. This recipe has a very nice aroma and even better taste

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  8. If I want to make about six 750ml bottles at once would I simply scale up all the ingredients or will that be overly spicy?

  9. 5 stars

    It was in the upper thirties for Halloween this year in Indiana so the adult trick-or-treators who visited us were pleased with a hot cup of mulled wine. Great recipe, scaled up to six bottles with no problem and the apple brandy was a great add.

    Rating: 5

  10. 5 stars

    I added a small handful of dried currants too. This is an amazing base for all kinds of experiments. Thanks for posting it!

    Rating: 5

  11. 5 stars

    How have I never made this until now??? Definitely going to be a tradition each holiday season from here on out.

    Rating: 5

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  13. My grandmother talks about how much she loved the Mulled Wine her and her sister used to make as a holiday tradition. This year I am going to make this for her as a way to remind her that her sister is still with us! Thank you for the beautiful recipe.

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  15. Hi! As I live by myself, I’m thinking about making a pitcher of it and keeping it in the fridge to take my time enjoying it. How long can it keep in the refrigerator?
    By the way, I also fell in love with mulled wine when I was in England!!!

  16. 5 stars

    So yummy, but definitly should have doubled the recipe as much of it cooked out. Still so delicious and love the orange flavor that really came through. Perfect for today’s celebration.

    Rating: 5

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  21. 5 stars

    Why not use aluminum?
    It’s the only pans I have and it still came out tasty. Seriously though, I actually do want to know, please.

    Rating: 5

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  23. Can you save leftovers?

  24. 5 stars

    Wow I like your recipe any you are like so cute. Mulled cider? Im going to try it looks super dooper good.

    Rating: 5

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  30. 5 stars

    I made this recipe last night. I tried it out on 2 of my adult daughters, who were over visiting, to see how it worked out. I didn’t have regular oranges so used mandarin oranges and steeped/low simmered a bit longer. I also added a bit of orange brandy to it to get more orange flavour. Both my girls and my husband LOVED it (& me too)! This mulled wine recipe is going to be used often in this household over the next couple of months!!! And pretty much a forever favourite!

    Rating: 5

  31. 5 stars

    Very very late here, but I needed to share this with you since you like mulled wine.

    In Greece, we have two drinks called rakomelo (a compound of “raki” -else known as tsikoudia, a clear, grape-based brandy, usually homemade, and “meli”, meaning honey) and oinomelo (“oinos” meaning wine + “meli” honey). Naturally the former is stronger than the latter, but they are basically mulled brandy and mulled wine respectively, seasoned with honey as the name suggests, as well as cinnamon and clover. Naturally, more, or even different spices can be used in both cases, but cinnamon and clover are the classic choices. I also like putting the peels of an orange and an apple in a cheesecloth and let it simmer in there too, for an enhanced fruity flavour, not very dissimilarly to your recipe here.

    It should be noted for rakomelo that although tradition requires you use raki, I dabbled with coloured brandies as well, such as cognac. It may be just me, but the oaky aroma of cognac makes it taste ever better.

    I encourage you to try it this winter and experiment with different alcohols and spices. Do tell me what you discover!

    Thanks for reading this and thanks for the recipe. Cheers!

    Rating: 5

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  33. 4 stars

    Turned out very well. I used Indian red wine Madera for this. Tried this recipe on my birthday for friends, it was very nice and warm flavoured. I did not use brandy though as I didn’t have any.
    I would love to make this more often! Thank you for sharing.

    Rating: 4

  34. 4 stars

    I allowed the wine to simmer for two hours, but once the second hour was complete, the 750ml of wine turned into 250ml of wine. Any tips for conserving the wine. I feel like simmering the wine for too long will cause most of it to evaporate.

    Rating: 4

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  36. 5 stars

    This was soooo delicsious! I decided to make a big batch and give it out to my co-workers and they loved it! This is going to be a staple for me and an easy holiday gift that people will really enjoy! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Rating: 5

  37. How do you make in a crock pot? Do you prep on stove and then just keep warm in the crock pot? Thanks!

  38. This looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try.

  39. I purchased some homemade apple hard cider from a “cidery” in MN last fall; could this be used effectively in mulled wine or would it overpower the drink? Now that I have the hard cider I don’t know what to do with it.

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  43. 5 stars

    I use my Sous Vide to bring to 165f and make sure that alcohol doesn’t boil off :)

    Rating: 5

  44. Delish. Turned out great. Thxs

  45. Looks delicious. I will make

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  47. 5 stars

    Just fantastic I put cardamon and liquor Creme de cassis, spectacular delicious :)))

    Rating: 5

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