This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s SO cozy and delicious.
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!
To begin, gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
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…
…topped with any of your favorite garnishes, if desired.
So simple, and so delicious. Enjoy, everyone!
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!
*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.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!