This traditional Mulled Wine aka Glühwein is the perfect drink for chilly weather. Add spices (cinnamon, star anise, cloves) and citrus fruits (oranges, lemons) and you’ve got Christmas in a cup.
I’ve got a special treat coming your way just in time for the weekend (especially for all those wine lovers out there – you know who you are!). You probably know this by now but I’m slightly obsessed with wine (oh yesss!). That’s why I’ve been so excited to share this easy-to-make Mulled Wine recipe with you ever since I perfected it a while back. Let’s do this, shall we?!
In winter, the best way to drink your wine is hot (yes, I’m serious – hear me out!). Mulled Wine (also known as Glühwein in Germany and Gløgg in Norway) is a popular holiday drink in many European countries and it’s typically made with red wine, which is spiced, sweetened, and heated. It is just one of those things that make me think of Christmas. Mulled Wine is filled with exotic spices and it makes your home smell absolutely amazing. Seriously, there’s nothing better than a mug of spicy hot wine that warms you up from the inside on a cold winter’s night. It happens to be my favourite (Christmas) winter drink of all times (because WINE!). Having said that, this hot beverage is also quite popular among non-wine drinkers as it tastes like wine but doesn’t taste like wine (does that make sense???). By the way, it serves as both (1) a delicious holiday treat AND (2) a good way to get rid of cheap wine (win win!).
Homemade Mulled Wine is quick and easy to make in just under 60 minutes. Basically, all you need are a bottle of red wine, oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, and brown rock sugar. If you want something stronger, add a bit of dark rum. Everyone likes to drink their Mulled Wine a little differently so feel free to tweak the amount of individual ingredients as you prefer them (spicier, sweeter…). Simply taste as you go and make it your own. You really can’t go wrong with this one. For the cooking, combine all ingredients (except alcohol) in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then add the wine and optional rum and let the Mulled Wine simmer for another 30 minutes. Be careful not to boil it (and keep the lid on the pot!) or you’ll evaporate all the alcohol (unless that’s what you are going for!). Strain or ladle and serve steaming hot with your desired garnishes (e.g., fruit, peel).
Seriously, as long as it’s cold outside, Mulled Wine goes with every occasion. I’ve been making this Mulled Wine for years and I always serve it at my annual Christmas party. I usually make two versions: alcoholic and non-alcoholic. If you prefer the kid-friendly version, simply substitute the bottle of wine with grape juice. It turns this Mulled Wine into a delicious non-alcoholic punch and it’s always a big hit with the little ones. For the non-alcoholic version, don’t forget to skip (or at least reduce) the sugar as you won’t need it. Enjoy!
PS: For another (non-alcoholic) Christmas beverage, try my Skinny Gingerbread Latte!
Mulled Wine aka Glühwein
Yield 5 servings
- 4 cups red wine*
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 organic oranges, sliced
- 1 organic lemon, sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 5 star anise
- 10 whole cloves
- 1/2 cup rock sugar, brown**
- 50 ml dark rum, optional
- Combine all ingredients, except alcohol, in a large pot and bring to a boil.
- Then simmer over low heat, covered, for about 20 minutes. If it reduces to much, add a splash of red wine (or orange juice).
- Add the wine (and optional rum) and let simmer, covered, for another 30 minutes.
- Strain or ladle and serve your homemade Mulled Wine steaming hot with your desired garnishes (e.g., fruit, peel).
*You do not need a good bottle of red for this drink!
**Depending on the wine you use, you might want to increase or decrease the amount of sugar. Also, feel free to substitute with sweetener of choice (e.g. honey, maple syrup etc.) but keep in mind that the flavour might change a little bit.
Quick Tip: If you prefer a kid-friendly version, simply substitute the bottle of wine with grape juice. Skip (or at least reduce) the sugar as you won't need it.
Cuisine European, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free
Serving Size 250 ml (1 serving)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.7 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Sodium 18 mg
Total Carbohydrates 39.7 g
Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
Sugars 27 g
Protein 2 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.