Mulled Wine

Best when served hot or warm, this traditionally Christmasy drink is nice to sip on during the colder months of the year but no one is stopping you from enjoying it all year round! Going back to ancient Roman times, heated and spiced wine has evolved through time to include different medleys of flavoring, including ginger, pepper, cardamom, and even herbs.

Making this mulled wine couldn't be easier: Combine a bottle of red with some orange slices, warm spices, honey, and brandy, and let it simmer for 10 minutes. THAT'S IT. We like using dry varietals like Merlot, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon. But really, your favorite bottle, whatever it may be, should work! If you don't like brandy, or don't want to buy a bottle, skip it—all the other components will be lending plenty of flavor to every sip. 

Not quite ready for this super cozy drink and want to sip on something cooler? Try our red wine sangria instead.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you liked it in the comments below.  

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Cal/Serv: 172
Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 0 hours 20 mins

(750-ml.) bottle red wine


orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish


whole cloves


cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish


star anise

1/4 c.


1/2 c.


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer not a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. 
  2. Serve warm and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks.

Nutrition (per serving): 172 calories, .5 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, .5 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 0 g fat, 3 mg sodium

Parker Feierbach
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