Cozy, fragrant and delicious… this Mulled Wine Recipe is the perfect fall and winter drink to keep the chill at bay. No German ski slopes required for this gluhwein recipe, just invite your friends!
The Best Mulled Wine Recipe
I can’t believe we’re entering the season of cozy warm drinks, mittens and coats. I admit that I never want summer to end- summer is where we make the most precious memories with our girls at our lake cottage. However, there’s something to be said for the quieter season where we are all forced indoors!
We love entertaining friends during the colder months just as much as we do in the summer. In fact, it can often be easier to pull a large group together because so many of our friends just simply have less to do during these months. When we can get together, I love making and serving a large batch of my favorite mulled wine recipe. It’s fragrant, delicious, and oh-so-cozy. I just know you’re going to love it too!
Gluhwein Recipe Ingredients
There’s a version of hot mulled wine in virtually every culture across the globe, it seems. Gluhwein is a traditional German mulled wine recipe that is served on the ski sloped after a long day on the mountain. Thankfully, none of us need to go skiing in order to enjoy the drinks.
It doesn’t take much to create an aromatic mulled wine your friends and family will love!
- Dry red wine- any red wine will do, but check out my list of suggestions below for more specific ideas!
- Oranges, sliced into rounds- these add to the wintery, citrusy flavor of mulled wine. Don’t skip the oranges!
- Whole cloves- an incredibly spicy, earthy flavor that can’t be missed. Cloves are the perfect spice for mulling because they are so strong in their whole format.
- Cinnamon sticks- warm and spicy, not many fragrances are cozier than cinnamon when warming on the stove!
- Star anise- these come from a Chinese evergreen tree. They are aromatic and so beautiful to serve as both flavor and garnish.
- Sugar- yes, you’ll want a touch of sweet to balance all those strong spices!
- Brandy (or your favorite liqueur)- a touch of this is what makes your mulled wine recipe a little stronger than just wine- brandy is simply a distilled wine with a much higher alcohol content!
- Optional garnish: orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise- think beautiful and also fragrant! Mulled wine is an experience in both flavor and fun!
How to Make Mulled Wine
This recipe is impossibly simple. You’ll spend more time cutting the oranges than you will on throwing the rest of the recipe together! So warm, cozy and delicious!
- In a large saucepan, combine ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
- Simmer for 15 minutes and keep warm up to 3 hours.
- Serve warm using a ladle and garnish.
Even better? Find my recipe and printable label for Mulling Spices right here! Combine those mulling spices with a bottle or two of red wine and you have a perfect holiday gift for friends, neighbors, teachers and beyond.
What Wine Do You Use For Mulled Wine?
Did you know that mulled wine was originally considered to be a poor man’s drink? That’s right, it wasn’t exactly the classiest way to imbibe back in the day. Supposedly, the spices disguised the cheap wine flavor and created something much more palatable to warm folks in dimly lit pubs each night. Luckily, today we can all enjoy this classic warm beverage with no judgement whatsoever!
With that said, keep in mind that this mulled wine recipe is full of flavor and you certainly don’t need an expensive wine to create this recipe. Stick with a workhorse- something inexpensive, fruity and dry is best! There’s no need to choose something with subtle notes and flavoring, because the mulling spices will outweigh those flavors immediately. I like the following options for mulled wine:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
- Any dry red blend/table wine
How to Serve Mulled Wine
I like to make our mulled wine on the stove top and let it simmer, enjoying the fragrance as it warms through. For me, that’s part of the joy of serving this cozy recipe! I love to use my Staub cast iron pieces to create this Gluhwein recipe at home. They are absolutely an investment, but pieces that I know I can keep for years! They hold heat beautifully and I know I can safely keep my mulled wine at a low heat to serve at the perfect temperature for gatherings!
Another great way to serve your mulled wine is right in your slow cooker! You can heat, serve and keep warm without worrying- it’s an excellent way to celebrate with friends if you’re coming back to the house after games, trick or treating, etc. Mulled wine is best served thick glasses or in mugs that you would use for tea or coffee- something warm and cozy that holds heat without burning hands! Garnish with star anise, cinnamon sticks, or more orange slices for a beautiful and memorable presentation.
What do you think? Are you excited to learn how to make mulled wine? I’d love to hear from you if you try this gluhwein recipe- please come back and leave a comment and review. For more easy recipes and simple living ideas, subscribe to my newsletter!
More Drink Recipes You’ll Love
I love creating and serving beautiful cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks as well. If you love this classic gluhwein recipe, you’ll love these recipes too!
Warm and Cozy Mulled Wine Recipe
- 2 bottles dry red wine
- 2 oranges sliced
- 1 cloves whole
- 4 star of anise
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup brandy
- Simmer wine on low with orange, cloves, star of anise, cinnamon sticks and brandy 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
- Garnish with orange slice, star of anise and cinnamon stick.
- Keep warm up to three hours