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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