Perfect and simple mulled wine recipe to brighten your holidays

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Mulled wine and the Holidays were made for each other

This mulled wine recipe is packed with traditional Christmas spices that will make any Grinch or Scrooge say, “More, please!”

Ultimate Mulled Wine Recipe for the Holidays

Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, and orange. Can it get any more Christmas than that? These spices fill the winter holiday season with delight and warmth, and this ultimate mulled wine recipe embodies the very flavors of the holidays.

Glühwein, or mulled wine, is a holiday tradition around the world. It wouldn’t quite be Christmas without it! There are dozens of variation of mulled wine. You can find it made with brandy, ciders, and rum. You can even find it made with red or white wine. For this recipe, we decided to try out the traditional red wine recipe.

It’s really important to remember to wait until the end to add the wine. If you add it too early the alcohol will burn off and lose its punch. You don’t want that. You’ll also want to use a dry red wine for this recipe like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or even a Zinfandel. We used Cabernet Sauvignon, and like I said with our Autumn Sangria recipe, wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money.

This is how you make this simple Mulled Wine!


Mulled Wine

Yields: 4-5 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Dry Red Wine
  • 8 Ounces Unsweetened Apple Cider
  • 2 Ounces Honey
  • 1 Apple [Sliced]
  • 2 Oranges [Sliced]
  • 4 Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Star Anise
  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice Berries
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Vanilla Bean [Cut Lengthwise]
  • 6 Cloves
  • 4 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
  • Orange slices for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Irish Coffee Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon



Ultimate Mulled Wine: Press into your cardamom pods with the back of a knife, this helps to release their flavor. Next, cut up the apple and oranges into thin slices. Add the fruit, spices, and cider to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Be sure to squeeze some of the oranges to release their juices. Stir occasionally. Just before the mixture begins to boil, add in the honey and remove pan from the heat.

Lower the temperature down to a low heat, and place the pan back on the heat. Pour in the wine and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Strain, and serve warm. Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange slice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 292 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 30 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 23.6 Protein (g) 1 Sodium (mg) 11

Perfect and simple mulled wine recipe to brighten your holidays


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Try this delicious Watermelon Sangria made with Moscato!

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the summer heat.

Drink of the week: Watermelon Moscato Sangria

This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90-degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.

We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?

White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.

via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines

Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.

Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.

For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.

Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.


Watermelon Sangria

Yields: Multiple Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Cups Cubed Watermelon
  • 2 Bottles Moscato [or other white wine]
  • 16 Ounces Watermelon Vodka
  • 24 Ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup or Raw Honey [Optional]
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Fluted Glass
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon



Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76

Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

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