Hot Holiday Cheer
You can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with this easy mulled wine recipe! It’s perfect for a cozy afternoon or evening. It’s also wonderful for entertaining.
And, the cinnamon, citrus, apple, and star anise aroma makes for a multi-sensory delight!
A Global Tradition
Heated and spiced wine dates back to the Romans during the 2nd century… when it was first recorded.
As they made their way through Europe both trading and conquering much of it… viticulture, wine, and recipes were shared. Mulled wine recipes evolved over time among culture and customs of the period.
“Gløgg” or “glögg” is the name of mulled wine in Nordic countries, often enjoyed at Christmas events. Red wine is traditionally blended with sugar, bitter orange and spices like cinnamon, cloves, anise, ginger, and cardamom.
Vodka and brandy spirits can also be added to the mix.
“Glühwein,” also made from boiled wine and spices, is the traditional drink served at Christmas markets in German-speaking countries for the holidays.
Most countries throughout the world have their version of mulled wine… most made from heated red wine. But others are made from white wine, spirits, or both.
The key ingredients for most any mulled wine recipe are wine, honey or sugar, citrus, and warm spices. These beverages are traditionally alcoholic, but they can be made non-alcoholic using fruit or berry juices instead of wine.
Our recipe is ridiculously easy, with few ingredients. But if you want an even faster shortcut or a unique gift idea, you can purchase a mulled wine cocktail kit.
Choose Affordable Wine
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on wine to create a delightful beverage. In fact, you shouldn’t. Choose a bold, full-bodied red wine such as a Syrah, Malbec… or even a Zinfandel.
Here are our selections for the perfect mulled wine: