Mulled Wine


If you’re looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.

It snowed here last week. Can you believe it!?! (Bring on my Mulled Wine recipe!!) Nothing stuck around for long, but in my book, mid-October is too early for the white stuff. Not being a huge fan of winter, I was not happy to see those fluffy flakes.

Our snow event, however, has a silver lining (actually two). It’s said that if snow falls before the first frost, we will have an “easy winter. “*crosses fingers* Secondly, snow gives me an excuse to stay inside, watch SVU marathons, and whip up something delicious in the kitchen.

That might be the only way I can tolerate winter: Olivia Benson and something yummy on the stove or in the oven.

The Best Mulled Wine Recipe:

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So to kick off this cozy season, today I’m sharing a recipe for Mulled Wine. I can’t believe that in seven years of blogging, this is my first post about how to make Mulled Wine. What’s wrong with me!?!

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Earlier this week I was watching Matt Bellassai’s Whine About It. (Side note: If you haven’t watched this web series, do yourself a favor and go back and check out the first season. I should mention that there is some foul language and off color humor in case that might offend you.) In this episode I watched, Matt was sipping on mulled wine, and immediately I knew I had to whip up a batch.

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How Do you Make Mulled Wine?

It’s really very simple. Everything get’s tossed into a pot and set to simmer.

Once it’s warm, it’s ready to serve! It really is that easy.

There’s something wonderful about warm spiced wine. The combination of the smell, warmth, and flavor is magical and a must-have for cool fall or winter evenings. It’s also the perfect beverage for entertaining. Throw everything in a crock pot, set it on low, and you’re done. Plus, it makes your home smell fabulous. Love that!

What Wine is Best for Mulled Wine?

Pinot Noir is kind of my go-to for everything. However something like New World Merlot or Shiraz would work quite nicely too. Any Italian red would be delightful too!

I always recommend a wine you like to drink. If necessary invite a lot of friends and family over and keep making batch after batch of mulled wine until you find just the right one.

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What goes into mulled wine?:

For the recipe below, I used the following ingredients to make my mulled wine.

  • red wine
  • apple cider
  • brandy
  • honey
  • cinnamon sticks
  • oranges
  • cloves
  • peppercorns

The recipe below makes a double batch, which is perfect for a crockpot or larger pot. However, feel free to cut this recipe in half. I just heated up mine on the stove in my Straub Cocotte which makes a beautiful presentation.

Also instead of adding in the spices loose, you can use Mulling Spices. I have a recipe for how to make them at home HERE.

Keep in mind that you want the mixture to warm up and only simmer. Try not to boil it as you’ll end up cooking off some of the alcohol. What’s the fun in the that?

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For the wine, I combined one sweeter red (a locally made wine) and a dry wine (I like Pinot Noir or Shiraz.). Use wine you like to drink and pick a sweetness level that works for you.

Okay, now let’s whip up a batch.

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It’s really that simple. To a make this even easier, place the cloves and peppercorns in a tea ball or cheesecloth so you don’t have to hunt for them once the simmering is complete.

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Cheers, friends!

Mulled Wine Recipe:

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, cocktail, fall, mulled wine, red wine
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
If you're looking for a delicious warm cocktail, this Mulled Wine recipe is an easy and delicious recipe for the fall and holiday season.


  • 2 bottles red wine - I like to use one sweet red and one dry red.
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges - sliced
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • Additional cinnamon sticks and orange slices for garnish


  • Combine the cider, wine, brandy, honey, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, cloves, and peppercorns in a large pot. 
  • Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. 
  • Remove cloves and peppercorns. Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and / or orange slice.

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  • Satu K at

    Looks so good!
    I’ve been waiting for cold and snow here in Finland to start Mulled Wine-season ( We call it Glögi )
    Thanks to You I’ll start it now….cold, frost and snow will eventually come here too anyway 🙁

  • Carrie at

    I love mulled wine, but I never thought of making it myself. I will definitely be trying this one this winter.

  • Julie Blanner at

    The smell and taste of fall wrapped into one beautiful recipe. I look forward to warming up with it this evening.

  • Lori at

    Here in California we’re still waiting for Fall weather (if it arrives at all). Out here we called it “Gluehwein” which was consumed during the holidays with my Austrian and German relatives. The adults tended to spike it a bit as the night went on and we kids never drank any. 😉

  • Susan Hurd at

    This sounds great. Thanks for posting! I love your recipes and decor. Cheers!

  • heather at

    Can this be made ahead of time and given as gifts?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Nope. It should be served after it’s made.

      xo Michael

    • Janean at

      Could make spice sachets and give wine as gift?

  • Sarah at

    This was downright inspired, that’s for sure. Delicious recipe!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes!!! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Courtney at

    Wow, what a perfect fall treat. My guests loved this!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So happy to hear that!! Cheers!

      xo Michael

  • Alli at

    What a fun recipe!! All those flavors mingling together is fantastic. Absolutely love.

  • Krissy Allori at

    I had never made mulled wine before, and your recipe is absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to make it this holiday season!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

      xo Michael

  • Jessica at

    Everything you post is perfection! Keep it up!

  • Ulli at

    How much do I use of the mulled spice mix for the mulled wine??

  • prestige at

    It was downright inspired, that’s for sure. Delicious recipe!!

  • prestige at

    I too have made the mulled wine but not the way you made it. you have made this recipe in a new way and i make this recipe at home.

  • Bri at

    Great recipe! Do you have an estimate of how many servings this recipe can yeild?

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