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Simple Mulled Wine Recipe: Hot with Spices & Vegan

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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

What is traditional holiday 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.


What spices work best in mulled wine?

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.

Can you make mulled wine on the stovetop?

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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Mulled Wine at Christmas Village in Philadelphia
mulled wine on the stovetop

Simple Mulled Wine Recipe: Hot with Spices & Vegan

Yield: 2-4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

This mulled wine recipe balances sweet, spicy and warm. It only takes 18-20 minutes on the stovetop! It can be made vegan by using vegan wine.


  • One bottle of dry red wine
  • One orange
  • Two cinnamon sticks
  • Two anise pods
  • Six to eight whole cloves
  • Optional: Four to five cranberries, sliced in half
  • Optional: One to two tablespoons of maple syrup (If you are using a holiday-themed wine, however, I would suggest that you skip the maple syrup, as it may make the wine too sweet.)


  1. Slice the orange.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a pot.
  3. Heat on medium heat until the wine barely starts to simmer. Do not let it start bubbling, as it will boil off the alcohol.
  4. Reduce to low heat, cover and let the mulled wine simmer for fifteen minutes.
  5. Strain the orange and spices using a mesh strainer or spoon. Straining is important, as the mulled wine can become acidic and bitter after too much soaking time.
  6. Serve in a mug and enjoy! I think it tastes best next to a fireplace or watching a holiday movie, but you can be the judge of that yourself.


  • Do NOT juice the orange! It will make the mulled wine too acidic.
  • Also do not grind the spices or used ground spices, as ground spices will overpower the mulled wine.
  • My *secret tip* is to use holiday-themed wine. Holiday wine works best as it already has a light and spicy flavor to it. I use Chaddsford Winery's Holiday Spirit wine, which is from a local winery in Philadelphia. It's vegan. You can find additional vegan red holiday wines on Barnivore.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g

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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.

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Tuesday 29th of September 2020

This mulled wine recipe sounds so perfect for the fall. Nice and comforting and warm. Thanks!

Jules Buono

Tuesday 29th of September 2020

You're welcome! It is delicious!


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