Mulled Wine – Warm Up the Cold Nights


It’s that time of year, when the days and nights are so cold, that all you need is a hot drink to warm you up. The mulled wine is the best warm drink for this season and it is extremely easy to make. The great thing about this type of wine is that you can make a lot of it in one saucepan and invite all of your friends for a fun night in. Make two batches. A non-alcoholic mulled wine for the kids and an alcoholic for the grownups. Don’t forget to get a lot of cinnamon sticks and oranges, so that you can decorate the mulled wine glasses. Even though we offer a few recipes, feel free to add ingredients to your likings.




Easy Mulled Wine Recipe

Feel warm and cozy this season with this easy mulled wine recipe. It will only take you 3 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook it. It’s super easy and fast to prepare it and you and your friends will definitely enjoy it. This recipe serves 4 people.


  • 1 litre of dry red wine
  • 1 dessertspoon whole cloves
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon whole allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 large piece of orange rind (avoid the pith)
  • 1 large piece of lemon rind (avoid the pith)


Combine all of the ingredients listed above in a saucepan, except the sugar. Over a medium temperature, cook the wine, but don’t let it come to boil. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar. Carefully taste it and if it is not sweet enough add more sugar. Cook the wine for 20 minutes at a low temperature, so that the flavours infuse the wine.




Mulled Wine Recipes

There are many mulled wine variations, so here are our top choices. You already know the cooking process, so we are only going to mention the ingredients.


Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cups of pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick (Mexican cinnamon is particularly nice)
  • 1 teaspoon of a whole clove




Red Wine Hot Chocolate

  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chunks
  • Optional: coconut whipped cream


Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

  • 750 ml bottle dry or off-dry white wine
  • 1 piece of star anise
  • 2 1/4-inch slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup of pear brandy
  • 1 Asian pear




Best Wine for Mulled Wine

If you want your mulled wine to be perfect, you shouldn’t use whatever wine comes to hand. The best wines are those that are high in alcohol. Also, to add more flavour, it is best if you use wine that is fruity, but not too sweet. In order to make the most delicious mulled wine, you can use blueberry wine or cherry wine, instead of grape wine. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, California Zinfandel and Grenache are all great choices.


Mulled Wine Recipe Slow Cooker

This mulled wine recipe serves 6 people. If you are throwing a small party, this drink will be a hit. And it only takes 35 minutes to make it.


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of red wine
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 cups of apple cider
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • Orange slices, for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks, for garnish


In a large slow cooker add and stir the wine, honey, orange juice and cider. Then add the anise, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. On a low temperature, cook 30 minutes to one hour. Add the last ingredient, the brandy, and stir. Serve the mulled wine with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.




German Mulled Wine

The mulled wine is a traditional drink in Germany and a perfect pick-me-up for those cold winter days. Glühwein is the German name for mulled wine. The recipe is more or less the same as the one that we previously mentioned. Sometimes, the mulled wine is drunk with a shot, which means that you can add rum or some other liquor to your drink. The most important thing is to cook it at a low temperature so that you don’t boil the wine. The Glühwein has two more variations. The first is made from white wine. However, it is not that popular.

The second variation is called Feuerzangenbowle. And yes, as you can conclude from the name, it is a bit more complicated to make. The ingredients and preparation are the same, but what makes this drink different is that a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and allowed to drip into the wine. The rest is super easy. Have a few sips of this drink and you will forget all about the cold. Also, you can experiment as much as you want with this drink. Add more ingredients and make your own signature mulled wine.




Spiced Mulled Wine

If you were wondering how to spice up your wine, even more, we have an answer for you. We got this idea from the Nordic variation of mulled wine, which is called Glogg. And who knows better to warm the coldest of winter nights than the Nordic people. So, don’t hesitate to take their advice and make the most delicious spiced mulled wine.

Main ingredients are red wine, sugar, cardamom, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and stronger alcoholic drinks, vodka or brandy. Mix the ingredients and cook them in a saucepan for an hour. If the mulled wine loses its warmth, reheat it before serving. This drink is mostly served with raisins, almonds, and biscuits. There is also a non-alcoholic version of the Glogg. Just use fruit juices instead of wine and there you have it. Now even your kids can try something new.

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