5 Best Mulled Wine Recipes From Around the World

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January is just around the corner, which means it’s getting darker and it’s getting colder. With the temperature threatening to plummet, there’s one very important thing to stock up on: wine! With plenty of wine, you can make all the mulled wine you need to keep the cold out.

Mulled wine is one of those winter drinks you shouldn’t be without! It’s rich, delicious, and warming to your core. It’s perfect for a family game night, or an evening spent curled up with a book or movie.

But you’d be amazed at how many recipes there are for mulled wine from around the world. It’s an Old World drink and each country has their own twist!

Read on to find out how to make the best mulled wine recipes from all over the globe.


What is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine is a drink originally from Europe, one made with red wine mixed with spices: usually based on a combination of star anise, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, dried fruit (like raisins, orange peel, or apples), cardamom, peppercorn, and allspice.

The drink is made over a hob, as the wine is gently heated to absorb the flavours of the spices.

Fun Facts: Did you know the Ancient Romans are believed to be the first to make mulled wine? Many thinks that the drink dates back to the 2nd Century A.D., when the Romans brought wine to the Rhine and Danube Rivers, from where it could spread across Europe.

Mulled wine is a classic winter drink, one that’s as synonymous with Christmas and winter as hot chocolate or eggnog. Interestingly enough, it can be made as a non-alcoholic drink (using grape or apple juice instead of wine).

However, there’s nothing better than a glass of mulled wine to keep out the winter chill.​


Our Favourite Mulled Wine Recipes

Mulled wine is one of our favourite drinks to make when the weather gets cold. Nearly every country in Europe has their own recipe for mulled wine. Below, we’ve listed the traditional mulled wine recipe from the countries we think make mulled wine right. Try them, and you may find you love them as much as we do!

When making any mulled wine, it’s important not to let the liquid boil, as it could impart a burnt flavour, and the alcohol will burn off! A top tip for making a more viscous drink is to heat a small portion of the wine and sugar and reduce it to a thick syrup. You can then add the rest of the wine and spices and simmer as normal.


1 - Traditional Glühwein

This German drink is the perfect option for those who like their mulled wine a bit sweeter.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 star anise

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced

  • 3 cloves

  • 3 cardamom pods

  • 1 bottle of soft red wine


  1. To begin, pour the wine into a pan.

  2. Add in the spices and sugar, and stir as the wine comes to a boil.

  3. Turn down the heat and let the wine simmer for 30-40 minutes.

  4. In the last five minutes of simmering, add in the lemon slices.

Our Recommendations

For this delicious German mulled wine, we recommend you use Etna Rosso DOC 2017 from Cantina Malopasso.


2 - Swedish Glogg

Glogg is a classic Nordic drink, one with a bit more punch than regular mulled wine. The addition of brandy gives it an extra warming kick. The combination of almonds, raisins, and cinnamon makes this an amazingly delicious drink.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 25 whole cloves

  • 10 cinnamon sticks

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1 cup flaked almonds

  • 1 tsp. cardamom

  • 2 cups sugar

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 1 bottle of Port

  • 25cl of brandy


  1. To begin, pour the wine and brandy into a stock pot, and add in the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, sugar, and orange zest.

  2. Bring the Glogg to a boil, turn it down to simmer, and mix in the raisins and almonds.

  3. The Glogg is ready after about 45 minutes of cooking on low heat.

Our Recommendations

For this Swedish mulled wine, we recommend you use this organic Port.


3 - French Vin Chaud

Trust the French to add a touch of elegance! The addition of Cognac definitely makes it a classy drink, and you’ll love the mixture of flavours when you make it with your favourite organic French red wine – we particularly recommend something from the Rhône.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine

  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

  • 20 whole cloves

  • 1 Sliced orange

  • 10cl of Cognac


  1. To begin, pour the bottle of wine into a stock pot and add in the cloves and cinnamon sticks.

  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn the heat down, and add in the sliced orange and the Cognac.

  3. Let the mixture simmer for 25 minutes before serving.

Our Recommendations

For this delicious French mulled wine, we recommend you use Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC "Cesiro" 2017  from Podere della Bruciata.


4 - Spanish Vino Caliente

The Spanish love to use a fruity Tempranillo for their mulled wine, which gives it a rich, spicy taste.

The fact that they use Brandy de Jerez makes it sweeter, which thickens it even more when the wine boils down. All in all, a wonderful drink that can drive away any chill!


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 clementine

  • 4 strips of lemon peel

  • 2 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 vanilla bean

  • 10cl cup Brandy de Jerez

  • 1 bottle of Southern Italy red wine


  1. To begin, pour the wine into a pot and add in the lemon peel, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut the vanilla bean in half and add it into the pot.

  2. Once the mixture boils, turn it down to a simmer.

  3. Slice the clementine with the peel on and add it into the wine, along with the Brandy (any brandy can be used if you can’t get Brandy de Jerez). Let it simmer for 35 minutes, remove from the heat, and serve.

Our Recommendations

For this delicious Spanish mulled wine, we recommend you use Primitivo DOCG "Dionysos" 2017 from De Quarto Vitivinicoltori.


5 - Italian Vin Brulé

This Italian version of mulled wine is perfect for those chilly nights when the snow is falling and you want to relax. The recipe is beautifully easy to make, and it brings a hefty dose of flavour to your holiday evenings.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 bottles of Italian red wine

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 orange

  • 1-2 star anise

  • 8 cloves

  • 2 sticks cinnamon

  • Pinch of nutmeg

  • 1 apple, sliced thinly

  • Peel of 1 lime

  • 2-3 bay leaves

  • 1 vanilla pod


  1. To begin, use a speed peeler to peel the clementine, lemon, and lime.

  2. In the bottom of a stock pot, squeeze the citrus juices into the sugar, add in the peels, and stir. Mix in the spices and just enough wine to cover it all. Once the sugar has dissolved and the wine is boiling, add the rest of the bottle and the star anise.

  3. Let the wine simmer for 15 minutes and serve hot.

Our Recommendations

For this delicious Italian mulled wine, we recommend you use Valpolicella Superiore DOC Ripasso 2018 from Giovanni Ederle.





Source: https://www.vintageroots.co.uk/best-mulled-wine-recipes-around-the-world/

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