The days are shorter, the nights chillier, and the smell of autumn is in the air. It’s a perfect time to end your day with a warm and relaxing tradition: a mug of mulled wine.
What Is Mulled Wine?
Mulled wine is a spiced beverage made with wine, multiple spices, and sometimes fruit rinds or slices. They are typically a blend of aromatic flavorings like cinnamon sticks, allspice, whole cloves, and fruit slices or peel.
Cardamom pods, peppercorns, star anise, and dried ginger are also popular in mulled drinks.Dried orange or lemon zest and raisins are sometimes used as well. It merely depends on the recipe.
To make it, you heat the wine (usually red) in a pot, add your mulling spices and other ingredients, and then strain.
Mulled or spiced wine is served hot, or warm, and traditionally consumed during holidays, like Christmas, but this alcoholic beverage tastes great during chilly autumn nights, too!
Our Favorite Mulled Wine Recipes
So there you have it. You know what mulled wine is, and now you’re intrigued to know what this special late-night cocktail tastes like. We’ve selected six of our favorite renditions of this soul-warming drink.
Best Overall Mulled Wine
This recipe has made its way to thousands of kitchens and has won the hearts of many. Whether you love sipping on a warm mug of mulled wine, or this is your first time trying this one-of-a-kind adult beverage, this recipe is perfect for you.
Most of the ingredients are classic with some optional recommendations from the author. You’ll learn the importance of traditionally heating your wine in a pot so that it never reaches a boil. Enjoy the sweet aroma that fills your kitchen in this easy-to-prep recipe.
Get the Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
If you love a classic slow cooker recipe, then this one is for you. There’s nothing like combining your ingredients in a few minutes and letting a handy tool do the rest for you.
This version of mulled wine is super easy to put together and provides you with the option of adding juice and sugar to sweeten things up. The classic ingredients cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise create a lovely refreshment, and the sprig of rosemary adds the perfect touch of lemon-pine flavor.
Get the Recipe: Food Network
Quick Cider Mulled Wine
Sipping on a hot mug of cider is another delightful way to cozy up during frigid days of late fall and early winter. Did you know the mulled cider is another popular beverage made similarly to mulled wine?
The author of this recipe combined these two popular beverage recipes to produce a simply delicious pick-me-up. She provides great advice for adding your wine towards the end to ensure you aren’t cooking off the alcohol.
Get the Recipe: Pretty Simple Sweet
German Mulled Wine (AKA Glühwein)
This one comes straight from a restaurant in Germany, and the flavor is out of this world. It’s a large recipe, which makes it perfect for a winter party you might be planning.
The sweet-spiced aroma has been described as “a hug in a mug.” If that doesn’t make you want to take a sip while unwinding on the couch with a warm blanket, we’re not sure what will. Enjoy this authentic and traditional cup of Glühwein (German Mulled Wine).
Get the Recipe: Baked Bree
Cranberry Clementine Mulled Sangria
This one might not fit your definition of traditional or authentic, but it is still absolutely yummy and oh so refreshing. You’ll bring water and mulling ingredients to a boil, then add a few teabags, maple syrup, and fresh cranberries to make this beverage sweet and fruity.
The wine and liquor are added in the end and chilled overnight to turn a once hot and mulled beverage into an energizing and cold sangria that many will love.
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Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
This one’s for anyone who would like a non-alcoholic version of this heart-warming beverage. It’s not technically mulled “wine” but with only four ingredients, all free of alcohol, the whole family can enjoy it.
This recipe uses grape juice as a red wine alternative, but cider, apple juice, or even cranberry juice will do the trick depending on your preference. Add in a few spices and orange slices, and you’ve got yourself a tasty treat.
Get the Recipe: Julie Blanner