It’s no secret that my favorite holiday beverage of all is Mulled Wine. It’s sweet, warm, and full of my favorite spices. In Germany, you can buy Mulled Wine at every Christmas market and even at most grocery stores, but it’s surprisingly easy to make it at home. Plus, you can totally control the ingredients, taste, and sugar content.
This drink pairs exceptionally well with some cookies. Just saying.
There are many different versions of this seasonal beverage. Some recipes use red wine, others use white wine, some add fruit juices, brandy, or rum. My version is rather basic, but feel free to add your favorite (non-)alcoholic drinks. I recommend using a good quality wine, but not necessarily a top-notch one. The spices will mask the wine’s flavor a little, but not completely. You could probably use a slow cooker for this recipe, too, but as I don’t have one, I can’t verify if it really works.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1 quart
*Vegetarian*Vegan*Gluten free* (check labels!)
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1 lemon
- 2 oranges
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar
- skin of one vanilla bean (optional, eg. leftover from making Vanilla Cookies)
- brandy, rum, or fruit juices to taste (optional)
Peel oranges and lemon. Squeeze out the juice from the oranges. Pour the wine into a large pot. Add spices, sugar, juice, and peels, and heat slowly over low heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Make sure that the mixture doesn’t boil!
Let everything simmer for about 30 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if needed. If you like your drink stronger, add some brandy or rum. To reduce the alcohol content, add some more fruit juice.
Strain and serve hot.