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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine is made with red wine, whole spices, honey, and brandy for a warm drink that's perfect to sip on throughout the winter season! Ready to enjoy in just 25 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: German, Italian
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 207kcal


  • 750 ml red wine merlot, cabernet, red zinfandel, red blend
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 allspice berries optional
  • 3 star anise optional
  • 1 orange sliced
  • ¼ cup honey more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup brandy optional
  • cranberries for garnish
  • rosemary sprig for garnish


  • Add the wine, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, and star anise (if using) to a medium saucepan or small dutch oven.
  • Gently drop in the orange slices. You can add honey now as well or wait until serving.
  • Heat the wine over medium-low heat, watching closely that it does not simmer. You want the wine to come to temperature and stay just below bubbling. Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Ladle into mugs and garnish with cranberries and rosemary, if desired.


  • Maple syrup or brown sugar may be used in place of honey but honey is the most traditional sweetener in mulled wine.
  • It's important to add some sweetener since the wine will take on a more alcoholic flavor as it's warmed.
  • Brandy is optional and you can also try bourbon, cognac, or your favorite liqueur. 
  • Choose a full-bodied red wine or red wine blend that has rich spice and berry notes for the best results.
  • Do not let the wine come to a boil as we do not want the alcohol to evaporate or have any reduction to the wine which could cause it to become syrupy.
  • You can transfer it to a slow cooker to keep warm or make it completely in the slow cooker. I recommend keeping it on low heat and heating for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Raisins are sometimes added to mulled wine, but these are also completely optional.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg