Mulled Wine Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Mulled Wine, also known as Glühwein in German, has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. It is a popular winter drink, especially during the holiday season and at Christmas markets. The warm, spiced wine is enjoyed by people all over the world, with each region having its own unique twist on the recipe.

  • Originated in the Roman Empire
  • Popular in Europe, especially during the holiday season
  • Each region has its own unique twist on the recipe

How Mulled Wine Tastes?

Mulled Wine has a warm, sweet, and slightly spicy taste. The combination of red wine, spices, and citrus fruits creates a rich and comforting flavor profile that is perfect for cold winter nights.

Interesting facts about Mulled Wine

  • Mulled Wine is often served with a cinnamon stick or an orange slice as garnish
  • In some regions, a shot of rum or brandy is added to the Mulled Wine for an extra kick
  • The word 'mulled' means to heat and sweeten a beverage with spices


Red Wine

  • Why: It's the base of the cocktail, providing depth and character. 750ml is just right; too little, and it wouldn't serve a group, too much, and the spices would be overwhelmed.

Mary Mitkina


  • Why: Adds a fresh, citrusy note, balancing the heavier spice flavors. Sliced, it infuses better than just juice. No orange, and you'll miss a bright touch.

Emma Rose

Cinnamon Sticks

  • Why: For that sweet and woody spice. Two sticks give just enough without overpowering. No cinnamon, you lose the holiday spirit.

Alex Green

Star Anise

  • Why: Licorice-like flavor which complements the cinnamon. Two stars align perfectly in this astronomical drink; more might make it too anise-heavy.

Mary Mitkina


  • Why: They pack a punch. Six is the magic number for warmth without mouth-numbing. Cloves are crucial; without them, it's like a winter without mittens.

Emma Rose

Allspice Berries

  • Why: They add a complex mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes. Six berries jive just right. Miss them, and your mulled wine might taste a bit one-dimensional.

Alex Green

Granulated Sugar

  • Why: Sweetens and balances the tart wine and spices. 100g is the sweet spot; more and you're sipping syrup, any less and it might pucker your lips.

Mary Mitkina

Optional: Brandy or Rum

  • Why: Deepens the flavor and gives a bit of a kick. 60ml won't knock you overboard, but it'll warm your sails. Skip it if you're staying docked for the night.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Mulled Wine Drink

  1. Pour 750ml of red wine into a large saucepan
  2. Peel and slice one orange, then add the slices to the saucepan
  3. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, 6 cloves, and 6 allspice berries
  4. Stir in 100g of granulated sugar
  5. Heat the mixture gently, making sure not to boil the wine
  6. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse
  7. Optional: Add 60ml of brandy or rum for an extra kick
  8. Strain the Mulled Wine into heatproof glasses or mugs, and serve warm

Pro Tips

  • Use a slow cooker to keep the mulled wine warm and to allow the flavors to infuse over a longer period of time.
  • Don't boil the wine, as this can burn off the alcohol and alter the flavor.
  • Experiment with different spices to find your perfect blend. Nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger can also be used.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

  • Bold Cheeses: The spiciness and warmth of mulled wine complement the strong flavors of cheeses like Gouda, Cheddar, or Blue Cheese.


  • Sweet Treats: Pair with desserts which are not overly sweet such as dark chocolate, almond cookies, or gingerbread to balance the sweetness of the wine.

Savory Dishes

  • Roasted Meat: Roast pork or poultry seasoned with similar spices found in mulled wine may echo its warming spices.

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What you could change in Mulled Wine

  • Red Wine: A full-bodied white wine can also be used for a lighter version of mulled wine.
  • Granulated Sugar: Honey or brown sugar can be used for a different flavor profile.
  • Brandy or Rum: Whiskey or bourbon can be used for a different kick.

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Cranberry Mulled Wine

  • Ingredients: Add 100ml of cranberry juice.
  • Change: Introduces a tart berry complexity.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, adding the cranberry juice with the wine.
  • Taste: Crisp, tart, and fruity, a lovely twist to the traditional recipe, especially for those who enjoy a sharper tang to their drinks.

Mulled White Wine

  • Ingredients: Use a dry white wine instead.
  • Change: A lighter twist on a classic, perfect for those who prefer a less heavy drink.
  • Recipe: Substitute red wine with a 750ml bottle of white, and perhaps use honey instead of sugar.
  • Taste: Bright, a little sweeter, and more aromatic, this version dances rather than stomps on your taste buds.

Spiced Mulled Cider

  • Ingredients: Replace wine with apple cider.
  • Change: Non-alcoholic and autumnal.
  • Recipe: Substitute red wine with the same amount of apple cider and follow the rest.
  • Taste: Appley, earthy, and warmly spiced, this is for cozying up under a blanket with your favorite book.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mulled Wine

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mulled Wine

Can Mulled Wine be made with non-alcoholic substitutes?

Yes, instead of red wine, you can use non-alcoholic wine, grape juice or cranberry juice to make a non-alcoholic version of Mulled Wine.

Are there any vegan versions of Mulled Wine?

Yes, most Mulled Wine recipes are naturally vegan. However, make sure you check the wine label as some wine is processed using animal products.

How long can I store Mulled Wine?

Mulled Wine can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to reheat it gently and avoid boiling.

Can I serve Mulled Wine cold?

Mulled Wine is traditionally served warm, but it can be also enjoyed cold or at room temperature.

Is it safe for pregnant women to consume Mulled Wine?

Due to its alcohol content, Mulled Wine is not recommended for pregnant women. However, a non-alcoholic version can be a safe alternative.

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