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Mulled Wine- the Perfect Holiday Drink

Updated on January 31, 2015

Mulled Wine Recipes

What is better after a day of skiing or playing with the kids in the snow than some mulled wine? It warms your whole body, all the way down to your toes. The scent of spice will fill your house in a pleasant way, bringing out childhood memories of holiday seasons. Have a look at a variety of recipes for this much loved drink, including how to make a non-alcoholic version.

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What is mulled wine? Simply put- it is Hot, Spicy Red Wine!

How to make mulled wine

Red wine recipes

Usually a dark, full red wine is the best, but you can use any left-over wine. There are many varieties. Some like to include stronger alcohol, others do not use oranges, still others like to let the whole orange simmer along.

There are also ready-made mulled wine for sale in the shops, although it is not difficult to make it yourself. To many, mulled wine is a symbol of the holiday season, snowy winters and relaxation.


  • 1 bottle of red wine (75cl)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 12 cardemom seeds
  • 5 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup vodka
  • almonds and raisin for serving


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and slowly heat it until the sugar has dissolved. Make sure it does not boil. Put almonds and raisin in individual cups and add the mulled wine while still hot. Serve immediately.
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Serve Your Wine With Class - Perfect For a Party

Artland Simplicity 8-Piece Punch Bowl Set
Artland Simplicity 8-Piece Punch Bowl Set

This one goes in the dishwasher, so it should be safe for warm liquids.


Mulled wine with a touch of orange - Gluehwein in German

  • 1 bottle of red wine (75cl)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 orange
  • a big slice of orange peel- without the rind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Slowly heat all the ingredients together in a pot. When the sugar has dissolved, serve it immediately. Can be re-heated.

Mulled wine with a twist - Hot wine

  • 1 bottle of red wine (75 cl)
  • 1 small orange stuck with cloves
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp liqueur type Cointreau
  • 4 cups of water


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and heat it slowly. It should never boil, only simmer. Leave it to simmer for about 20 minutes, then it is ready to serve.

Wine is bottled poetry.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Mulled wine with licorice - Give it that special flavor

  • 1 bottle of red wine (75cl)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 piece of dried ginger
  • 6 cardemom seeds
  • 2 licorice roots
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 big slices of bitter orange peel (avoid the white parts)


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and heat it slowly. When hot, serve in indvidual cups or glasses.

Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine Recipe

For a non-alcoholic version you can simply use wine without alcohol. It could be good to leave the spice to soak in a cup of wine overnight, then simmer it. You can also use black-currant juice. Since this is already quite sweet, you might want to cut down on the sugar.

Mulling wine

To mull can mean different things. What first comes to mind might be to "Think about (a fact, proposal, or request) deeply and at length" This connects well with another definition, the preparation of holiday drinks! Some people like to leave it to simmer for quite some time, to really mull it over. They feel the spice infusion goes deeper into the wine when left for some time. (It is more difficult to keep it from boiling if left for a longer time, but if this happens and the alcohol evaporates you can always add some strong alcohol). Others think it is enough with a shorter time on the fire. Why not try both?

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Most recipes include one or more of the following ingredients: Cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange, allspice, sugar, honey, ginger, cardemom, bay leaf, lemon, licorice, star anis.

You can read more about the different spices here -Mulled Wine Spice

Ready Made Mulled Wine - Glogg

Glogg Concentrate Drink Mix (1.1 pound)
Glogg Concentrate Drink Mix (1.1 pound)

This is the Swedish version of Mulled Wine. Very tasty, even when it's ready-made.


The History of Mulled Wine

According to some sources, spiced wine was drank already by the ancient Greeks. Throughout history wine has been mulled, or heated with spice, mainly to freshen up bad or sour wine.

In Sweden the local variety, called glogg, has been popular since the 16th century, it was a favourite of King Gustav Vasa. In Germany there are even older records of gluehwein, something similar.

In Europe it is mostly popular in the Northern regions, very likely because of the weather. There are few things that can thaw you as well as mulled wine during a cold winter-day.

Bodum Glass Mugs - Easy to Drink Hot Wine

Bodum BISTRO Coffee Mug, Double-Wall Insulated Glass Espresso Mugs, Clear, 10 Ounces Each (Set of 2)
Bodum BISTRO Coffee Mug, Double-Wall Insulated Glass Espresso Mugs, Clear, 10 Ounces Each (Set of 2)

With these nice mugs, it's easy to serve mulled wine. Even when people are mingling and walking around, it's no problem to bring the hot drink.


Do you like mulled wine? - Do you make it yourself or buy it ready-made?

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      I love mulled wine and also drink mulled cider and spiced drinks of many sorts. To enjoy of course they have to be warmed and drunk on a cold night, :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I have never tried this, but I would like to. Can you send me some? :-)

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      We love to make it ourselves every's a tradition! Nice lens with good recipes!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Think I'll give this a try!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      This looks good and worth a try. Thanks for the information, and have a great Holiday season!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A drink that the ancient Greeks enjoyed sure has stood the test of time and deliciously so with so many varieties for every taste preference. I like how you noted the similarities of all mulled wines having one or more of the same ingredients and those wondering what to do with their leftover wine will be happy with your mulled wine after a day of skiing or playing with the or just because it is so very good to treat themselves!

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Mmm, now I'm thirsty! I haven't had mulled wine in ages. It definitely makes me think of the winter holidays.

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      Riesling 5 years ago

      I like this lens :-)

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      I'm smaking my lips right now, ummmm good!

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I was attracted to this lens because just yesterday I picked up a can of mulling spices at Trades Joes and was wondering if I should heat the wine. Many thanks for your timely lens. One tip for the mulled wine served at Christmas, add a sprig or two of Rosemary and a handful of raspberries before serving. It sure makes things more festive.

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      Very interesting and informative lens, and mulled wine sounds like the perfect refreshment for warming up this year's holiday parties.

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      I love mulled wine. Nothing like it on a cold night with friends.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens being chosen to be featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard. Lots of appealing recipes to choose from.

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Love mulled wine - it's part of Christmas for us, and I have a family member who makes the best I've ever tasted. :) Great lens! Blessed. :)

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      I might have to give it a try. Thanks.

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      It's the perfect time for mulled wine now that it's getting colder. Have bookmarked to return for future recipes! Thank you!

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      Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

      I love mulled wine, but we only tend to have it around Christmas time. Interesting information, thanks.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Your recipes are always so appealing! Love this lens!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      lauraklebsch 6 years ago

      hmmm very interesting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      this drink looks great, it earned a 'thumbs up' from this avid reader.

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      Track29 6 years ago

      I'm visiting the lens in the Tier 1 Lens Challenge. Best of luck to you with your lens about mulled wine recipes.

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      HowToKeg 6 years ago

      I have never actually tried mulled wine, but now that the holidays are around the corner it seems like a good time to try.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Delicious stuff! I love this kind of thing around Christmas.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      I like non-alcoholic mulled 'wine' but only over the festive season - it's not a drink I'd normally go for. Good luck with the tier 1 challenge!

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      DrinkyLady 6 years ago

      I usually go for hot hard-apple cider, but mulled wine is really tasty too!

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      no idea, never tried it

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      katemiya 6 years ago

      I enjoy making mulled wine in the crockpot. Best use of box or jug wine ever.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      We mostly mull cider here, but do wine as well on occasion.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had never thought of adding other ingredients into my wine but after reading your mulled wine recipes I am thinking that this might actually be a very tasty adventure. I just may have to start experimenting.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Sounds good. I loved hot, spiced drinks. Don't think I have tried wine though.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful fall/winter drink!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sounds like a very interesting drink. Cheers! :)

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      This drink is fantastic when it is cold outside and you finally get home. I know some Swedes that add Cognac to this drink. Glögg