I first tasted mulled wine several years ago at the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia, which is an American take on a German Christmas market. Since that time, hot mulled wine has become a cozy holiday tradition for us, both at the Christmas Village and at home. I have perfected my own recipe over the years (it’s a balance of sweet, spicy and warm). I share below my simple mulled wine recipe, which only takes 20 minutes on the stovetop! It’s hot with festive spices and can be made vegan by using vegan wine.
It’s Christmas in a mug!
FAQs About Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is hot spiced wine, usually red, that is cooked with fruit and mulling spices to create aromatic flavors. It originated in the 2nd century and has been served traditionally at holiday markets in Europe.
The spices that I think are best for mulled wine are cinnamon sticks, cloves and anise pods. However, you can also play around with cardamom, ginger and peppercorn.
Yes! I prefer to make mulled wine on the stovetop versus a crockpot because mulled wine can taste overcooked after too much time. It’s quicker on the stovetop too.
How to Make Hot Mulled Wine with Spices
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I hope you give this simple mulled wine recipe a try! It’s a delicious and festive holiday treat that makes you feel warm and cozy as you enjoy the spirit of the season.
Related Wine & Cocktail Posts & Books
If you like this recipe, I also recommend that you try my easy red sangria recipe, which only takes five minutes and is a real crowd pleaser!
You may also like my vegan and gluten-free basil gin lemonade. It was our signature wedding cocktail!
And for book pairings, check out my post on the best wine and cocktail recipe books.
I especially recommend these specific books for wine lovers. They are fully illustrated with graphics and charts to make it so easy and fun to “learn” wine:
Lastly, pin this simple mulled wine recipe to Pinterest because you can make this recipe at a later time.