Tis’ the season…for warm alcoholic drinks. Am I right?
One of the most highly requested holiday posts that you guys had? You wanted to see some mulled wine recipes. I love mulled wine because it’s super easy to make and will keep you nice and toasty even on the coldest of winter nights. Plus, they remind me of Christmas Markets in Europe, which clearly none of us Americans will be visiting this year! A nice warm drink, and the feeling of being transported to another continent right now? Sign me up!
Today, I’m sharing Tom’s house mulled wine recipe, plus a couple of other recipes to try!
A quick tip for all of these recipes: some of these spices might be hard to find at certain grocery stores. If you’re struggling to find any of the spice ingredients, you can buy a bottle of mulling spices instead. These will typically include cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, and orange. You can also use this same bottle of mulling spices for mulled apple cider as well!
When you’re selecting a wine to create your mulled wine, aim for a dry, bold red wine. Some varietals I would recommend would be a Beaujolais, Nero D’Avola, an Australian Shiraz, or a Malbec. Avoid more delicate wines like Pinot Noir.
Three Mulled Wine Recipes to Try This Holiday Season
Mulled Wine Recipe #1: The House Recipe
This recipe is a bit of a twist on the classic French Vin Chaud mulled wine recipe. Tom has played around with this a bit and has perfected it. I love this recipe because it’s not too sweet, but also not too strong: the flavors are just right!Print
A mulled wine recipe with a variety of flavors.
1 navel orange
1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
1/4 cup sugar
5 whole cloves
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 Star Anise
2 oz Cognac
- Slice the orange into four wheels.
- Combine the wine, sugar, cloves, 3 cinnamon sticks, star anise, cognac, and orange wheels in a large saucepan over very low heat.
- Heat the mixture until it nearly reaches a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Do not allow the wine to come to a boil.
- Let the mulled wine stand for 5-10 minutes.
- Ladle in your mulled wine into your mugs.
- Add an orange wheel and a cinnamon stick to garnish.
Mulled Wine Recipe #2: The German Glühwein
Really, once you get the hang of making mulled wine, you’ll learn that the method of making these beverages is the same. The only thing that differs is the ingredients!
Different regions in Germany will use varied ingredients, but this is a refreshing version of the German Glühwein. You’re also welcome to add some amaretto to this as well!
German Glühwein Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 3 cloves
- 3 cardamom pods
Mulled Wine Recipe #3: The Spiced Apple Cider Bourbon Mulled Wine
Apple cider and mulled wine? Talk about taking two of my fall favorites and putting them in one mug!
I found this recipe by Dietician Debbie on the feedfeed’s website, and I absolutely loved it. I made one small change (I got rid of the orange juice and stuck to the orange slices for convenience!), and it tasted like heaven. This recipe incorporates apple cider and honey, which is a great, unexpected addition to a mulled wine. Make sure to view Debbie’s recipe here!
Looking for another holiday drink recipe? Make sure to check out my Christmas Mimosa!
Photos by Tom McGovern
What are some of your favorite mulled wine recipes? Let me know in a comment below!