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Mulled wine you can make at home

Mulled Wine

Prep: 5 min
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 5 min
Servings: 6

A traditional European recipe for mulled wine you can make at home easily. Sweet, spicy, and warming, this classic drink will surely warm up your holiday season.

Author Louisa Nicholson
by Louisa Nicholson
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: 1 Pot of Mulled Wine (4 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Cheesecloth, twine, large cooking pot, ladle
  • 1 bottle red wine (or port wine)
  • 1½ cup of liquor (cognac, bourbon, or vodka)
  • 1 tbsp cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 2 inches of ginger root
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 orange (optional)
Recipe Directions


  • Set the cooking pot on the stove on low heat. Add the wine and liquor to the pot.
  • Gather the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorns, and raisins. Put them in the middle of a cheesecloth and gather the edges of cheesecloth together so that you make a spice bag. Tie the top of the gathered spices with kitchen twine.
  • Add the sugar to your liquid on the stove and mix until dissolved.
  • Add your spice bag to the pot and cover. Allow your mulled wine to stay covered on the stove for about 1 hour. Do not simmer or boil, keep it on low heat but warm enough that all the flavors cook together.
  • Turn off the stove and remove the spice pouch from the pot. Ladle the liquid into glasses and serve.
  • Optional - slice an orange and serve each glass with a slice of orange. You can also serve with some of the ingredients from the spice bag, especially the cinnamon stick and raisins. We prefer to serve without anything inside.

You can use a spice bag instead of the cheesecloth. You can certainly use nothing at all and then filter out the ingredients by pouring the mixture through a strainer as well. We think it's easier using a bag though - the idea of pouring hot, red, sugary liquid through a strainer doesn't sound fun.

You can use any sugar of your choice including conventional sugar, maple syrup, agave syrup, whole sugar, or a vegan honey. The sugar chosen must dissolve in the liquid.

Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: 1 Pot of Mulled Wine
Servings: 4
Information per serving:
Energy: 468.2 kcal
Carbohydrate: 35.3 g
Protein: 0.5 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 26.6 g
Fat: 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 0 g
Omega-3: 0 g
Omega-6: 0 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 12 mg 2% DV
Folate: 2 µg 0% DV
A: 11 IU 0% DV
B1: 0 mg 1% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 6% DV
B3: 0.5 mg 3% DV
B5: 0.1 mg 1% DV
B6: 0.1 mg 9% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 0.6 mg 0% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 0.1 mg 0% DV
K: 1.6 µg 1% DV
Calcium: 50.2 mg 5% DV
Copper: 0.1 mg 7% DV
Iron: 1.4 mg 7% DV
Magnesium: 29.7 mg 9% DV
Manganese: 1.3 mg 70% DV
Phosphorus: 54 mg 7% DV
Potassium: 293.5 mg 6% DV
Selenium: 1.1 µg 2% DV
Sodium: 9.9 mg 0% DV
Zinc: 0.5 mg 6% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

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Mulled wine comes in many names: glögg, gløgg, glögi, cooked wine, heated wine, boiled wine, hot wine, etc. The tradition was said to have started in the Roman empire and spread across Europe and Russia in the 2nd century. You'll find this traditional recipe of mulled wine you can make at home with various tweaks across nations.

What is common to all the recipes though is a rich, somewhat dry, red wine or port wine and an addition of liquor of some kind. Also common is the cinnamon, added sugar, and cloves.

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You can imagine that this drink would have warmed people up during cold winter months at a time in history when wine was very common and tea wasn't available. So if you wanted a warm drink, it was either hot water or hot wine.

What's notable with this drink are the "warming" ingredients such as cinnamon and ginger. These ingredients have terrific impact on health in preventing disease, infection, and fighting off the cold in general. In Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, these ingredients are known to provide a warming effect on the body that helps fight off winter colds.

Mulled Wine Without Orange?

We find this to be a common request. You do NOT have to use orange inside the mulled wine nor serve with it. The level of sweetness or fruitiness is entirely up to you.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine

We've coverted this recipe to a great non-alcoholic version found here. When served to guests in the past we've found they really liked it and appreciated the special drink very much! It's also lower in calorie in case you needed a lower calorie cocktail option.


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