Mulled Wine Recipe

Spice up your holiday tradition with a warm glass of mulled wine. It’s a concoction of wine and various spices that helped the Romans survive the chilly weather. Although, the Greeks managed to make their own mulled wine even before the Romans. In earlier times, people made mulled wine from leftover wine by adding in spices and heating them up. In addition, this drink became famous in the Middle Ages after being rumored to have many health benefits. After that, this comforting drink is always present in seasonal gatherings and festivities.

As a matter of fact, you can say this is an adult version of hot chocolate. But, the twist is we’re replacing cocoa with a bottle of bold red wine. Quality and price wouldn’t matter in a mulled wine so save the best bottle for another occasion. Additionally, star anise adds a sweet and spicy flavor to the wine, mellowing the complex taste. Similarly, white wine provides sweeter notes as compared to red wine. It lightens the bitter taste and enhances the flavors of the spices. Moreover, the peppercorn, ginger, and bay leaf bring out a slight punch, giving off the spiced and fruity aroma. 

We’re crafting a real holiday-pleaser right from your very own kitchen. Above all, it’s an easy-to-make wine that you can whip up in less than an hour! This recipe makes a delicious batch, especially during the festive season. Lastly, pair this wonderful drink with our Christmas Mint Cheesecake Bars recipe for a truly comforting treat. These are comforting and scrumptious recipes that you can certainly enjoy at home.

Tip: Make this recipe using a slow cooker for a well-developed mulled wine. Cook it for an hour on low heat for a well-developed mulled wine.

How To Make Mulled Wine

A combination of sweet, fruity, and mellow flavors, this mulled wine is a warm drink to keep you comfy during the holiday season.

  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 star anise
  • ¼ tbsp peppercorns (whole)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ tbsp ginger (peeled and bruised)
  • lemon wedges (optional for garnish)
  • cinnamon sticks (optional for garnish)
  1. In a heated pot, add the ginger, star anise, whole peppercorns, and bay leaf.

  2. Pour in the red and white wine and wait for the mixture to steam.

  3. Once the mixture begins to steam, reduce it to a simmer until the wine and spices have infused.

  4. After simmering for 20 minutes, strain the mulled wine mixture and set the spices aside.

  5. Pour the wine into a heat-proof glass and garnish it with the leftover spices.

  6. Serve it warm, garnish with lemon wedges and cinnamon sticks, and enjoy the holiday cheers!

  • You can add fruit juice or apple cider for a fruity punch to your mulled wine.

 

How To Make Mulled Wine

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A combination of sweet, fruity, and mellow flavors, this mulled wine is a warm drink to keep you comfy during the holiday season.

Preparation: 5 mins
Cooking: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups red wine Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 star anise
  • ¼ tbsp peppercorns whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ tbsp ginger peeled and bruised
  • lemon wedges optional for garnish
  • cinnamon sticks optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a heated pot, add the ginger, star anise, whole peppercorns, and bay leaf.

  2. Pour in the red and white wine and wait for the mixture to steam.

  3. Once the mixture begins to steam, reduce it to a simmer until the wine and spices have infused.

  4. After simmering for 20 minutes, strain the mulled wine mixture and set the spices aside.

  5. Pour the wine into a heat-proof glass and garnish it with the leftover spices.

  6. Serve it warm, garnish with lemon wedges and cinnamon sticks, and enjoy the holiday cheers!

Recipe Notes

  • You can add fruit juice or apple cider for a fruity punch to your mulled wine.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 8mg
  • Calories: 103kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 34mg
  • Protein: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 2mg
  • Sugar: 1g
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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make a non-alcoholic mulled wine?

Substitute the wine with any juice of your choice. Although, we do recommend using apple, cranberry, grape, or pomegranate flavored juice.

I don’t have red wine, can I use white?

Yes! You can use brandy, cognac, or bourbon as substitutes for white wine. The taste may differ depending on what you use but the result would still be a smooth and delicious mulled wine.

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Conclusion

Nothing beats a good book and a warm cup of mulled wine on a cool night. It’s a mellow drink that you can serve on any holiday gathering without spending on expensive wine. The spices infused in the red wine results in a smooth and subtle beverage that can make your day and holidays extra special and memorable.

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