How To Mull Wine

Have you ever had the pleasure of enjoying mulled wine? It’s a delightful and festive drink that offers a comforting warmth during the cold winter months. I have a particular fondness for making wine, especially …

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Have you ever had the pleasure of enjoying mulled wine? It’s a delightful and festive drink that offers a comforting warmth during the cold winter months. I have a particular fondness for making wine, especially when the holiday season rolls around. The combination of spices, fruits, and gently heating red wine has a captivating allure. In this instance, I’m excited to offer you my personal recipe and tips for crafting the ideal mulled wine.

Gather Your Ingredients

Before we dive into the mulling process, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients:

  1. A bottle of red wine: Choose a full-bodied and fruity wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bottle of wine for mulling, as the spices and other ingredients will enhance the flavor.
  2. Spices: The classic mulling spices include cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and nutmeg. You can also experiment with adding other spices such as cardamom or ginger for a unique twist.
  3. Fruits: Oranges and lemons are commonly used in mulled wine recipes. They add a bright and citrusy flavor. You can also add apples or cranberries for extra fruity notes.
  4. Sweetener: Depending on your preference, you can add sugar, honey, or maple syrup to sweeten the mulled wine.
  5. Optional extras: If you want to add an extra kick to your mulled wine, consider adding a splash of brandy or rum.

The Mulling Process

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s start mulling:

  1. Pour the bottle of red wine into a large saucepan or pot.
  2. Add the mulling spices, fruits, and sweetener to the saucepan. Use about 2-3 cinnamon sticks, 6-8 cloves, 2 star anise, a pinch of nutmeg, the zest of one orange and one lemon, and 1/4 cup of sweetener. Adjust the quantities based on your taste preferences.
  3. Place the saucepan over low heat and slowly warm up the wine. Be careful not to let it boil, as high heat can alter the flavors.
  4. Allow the wine to simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Stir occasionally to make sure the sweetener dissolves.
  5. Once the wine is well infused with the flavors, remove it from the heat. You can strain out the spices and fruits if you prefer a smoother texture, but I like to leave them in for extra flavor.
  6. Now it’s time to serve the mulled wine! Pour it into heatproof glasses or mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange slice.
See also  Making Your Own Wine

Enjoying the Mulling Experience

There’s nothing quite like sipping a warm cup of mulled wine on a cold winter evening. Sit back, relax, and savor the flavors. The combination of the rich red wine, aromatic spices, and zesty fruits is simply delightful.

It’s also worth noting that mulled wine is a great drink for entertaining. You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a crowd. Your guests will love the cozy and inviting atmosphere that the aroma of mulled wine creates.


Mulling wine is a wonderful way to add warmth and flavor to your favorite red wine. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can create a delicious and festive drink that is perfect for the holiday season or any chilly evening. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the mulling process, and enjoy the comforting experience of sipping mulled wine.

John has been a hobbyist winemaker for several years, with a few friends who are winery owners. He writes mostly about winemaking topics for newer home vintners.
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