Christmas in a glass – Mulled Wine

December 22, 2015

The festive season for me is all about the fantastic smells that you don’t get at any other time of the year and nothing says Christmas better than an aromatic glass of mulled wine.

Mulled wine is essentially a hot, sweetened red wine made aromatic with the addition of citrus fruits and warming spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Wine was first recorded as being heated and spiced back in 1st century Rome. As the Romans travelled across Europe they brought with them wine and viticulture, and their mulled wine recipes!

In Germany and Austria mulled wine is called Gluvine (Glühwein) which roughly is translated as ‘glow-wine’ from the hot irons used during the mulling process. In Sweden they refer to it as Glögg. Fruit wines (the likes of blueberry wine and cherry wine) are occasionally used instead of grape, however its red wine that is the key ingredient here, plus fruits and spices.

Spice up this season with these recipes for mulled wine.

1) French Mulled Wine

Serves 8


  • 1 bottle Beaujolais Nouveau or any light bodied red wine
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 small orange, thinly sliced

Wrap the following spices into a piece of cheesecloth and tie with a string:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches long)
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • For the sugar syrup:
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water


  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the spice bag, wine, vanilla, lemon and orange slices and on low heat bring it to a slow simmer, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes. Do not let the wine boil.

Ladle into mugs and garnish with a lemon or orange slice along with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.

2) A Healthier Mulled Wine

Serves 8


  • 1 750ml bottle of red wine(medium bodied)
  • 3 cups of water
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 5 allspice berries
  • 1” chunk of ginger, sliced and crushed using mortar and pestle
  • 2 oranges, wedged
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Optional: Top each cup with 1 tsp brandy


In a saucepan, simmer the water with honey, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice and ginger for 15 minutes.Turn down the heat to low and add the wine. Stir in the orange wedges and lemon quarters. Continue to heat for another 10-15 minutes on a slow simmer.Serve immediately and enjoy!!

3) Riesling Rosemary Mulled Wine

Serves 8


  • 1/2cup water
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 lemon peels
  • 2 bottles riesling white wine


Simmer (but not boil) the water, sugar, rosemary, and honey for 10 minutes. Add in the wine. Add in the lemon peels. Let simmer for 5 minutes or so to seep in the flavors, without boiling. Strain out the larger bits and serve immediately!!

4) Spiced Non Alcoholic Apple Punch

Serves 8


  • 2 litres cloudy apple juice
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2cm fresh ginger root, grated
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 5-6 peppercorns


Zest the lemon and orange and then cut the fruits into quarters. Next, simply place all the ingredients in a large pan, heat gently and let it simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Do not let it boil. Strain before serving and enjoy!!


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  • A
    Reply Aria on December 22, 2015 says;

    Ho.Ho.Ho… This is a sweet post. Looking forward in doing this. Merry Christmas

  • R
    Reply Rosalie on December 22, 2015 says;

    Cute blog. Like this mulled wine. right time

  • Z
    Reply Zoe on December 22, 2015 says;

    I like it!I’m going to try this evening. Will keep you posted on the results. Excited!!!!

  • M
    Reply Magalie on December 22, 2015 says;

    Happy Xmas! The holidays are already here and this wine is taking its place in my family. thanks so much.

  • B
    Reply Brianna Taylor on December 22, 2015 says;

    Apple punch is really good! perfectly fills the space for a wonderful evening.with family and friends. happy christmas & happy holidays.
    enjoy yourself

  • S
    Reply Sara on December 22, 2015 says;

    Honey, you have shared a wonderful post at the right moment. you deserve a hug. now its a difficult choice to choose what to do. I’m guessing i’ll try each one everyday until the 4 days for christmas. perfect. thank you and seasons greetings!

  • J
    Reply Julianne on December 22, 2015 says;

    lol.. i’m already so drunk, and i’m encouraging myself to another drink.after doing a lot of thinking (ok, 2 mins), I’m deciding on the apple punch. its something that i’ve not had or tried.

  • G
    Reply Gabriele on December 22, 2015 says;

    Buon Natale. Amo Vin brulé. Abbiamo sempre creare questo nelle nostre case. Hai un tocco diverso a questo. Sicuramente ho intenzione di provare questo! Grazie

  • J
    Reply Julia Rudich on December 23, 2015 says;

    This is very nice. Just in time. Happy holidays

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