{Recipe} Mulled Wine

There are certain flavors and smells that just scream cool weather to me. Cinnamon, clove, allspice. Add these into a warm drink, and it’s like the holidays in a cup. Now make that warm drink wine, and you’ve got the perfect cup to cozy up with.


Seriously, have you tried mulled wine? Just the smell lets you know winter has arrived.
Oh wait, it’s still fall? Ooops. Well, then, you can file this away until the weather cools…
…or after steeping, you can let it cool and drink it as a cold, fall sangria. (!) I just blew your mind. You’re welcome.
Either way, make this. Make this now. Hot or cold. You’ll be happy you did.

Mulled Wine

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  • 2 honey tangerines or clementines
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or honey
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 bottle red wine such as cabernet sauvignon


  1. Juice the tangerines (or clementines) then separate the peel from the pulp.
  2. In a small saucepan combine the tangerine juice and peel with the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sugar/honey, and star anise.
  3. Add just enough wine to cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the rest of the wine and heat an additional 5 minutes or until just hot.
  6. Ladle into mugs and enjoy hot or allow to cool and enjoy as a fall sangria.



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  1. I’m not sure if I’ve had mulled wine before, but I’ve seen several recipes for it this year and really want to try it!

  2. Yum! Looks so good! And those pictures are beautiful!

  3. Yum! I had mulled wine in pears at a restaurant, completely dyed them a deep maroon colour, it was gorgeous and best of all, tasty haha

  4. I love mulled wine. LOVE it! But it’s a party killer, man. Every time I serve it, people are passing out within a half hour. More for me, I guess!
    The Accidental Mama

    • LOL!!!! I love this comment!

    • Hahaha! I’m assuming your guests have the same reaction to red wine as my mom? I wish that happened with my guests. More often than not I’m left sad because we ran out early. 😛

  5. Yum!! I love making desserts with mulled wine this time of year. I’m so excited about fall!!!!!!

    • And now I’m going to have to think of desserts to throw this into! The wheels are turning…

  6. This is awesome in a crock pot. I love how it makes the whole house smell divine!

    • I like to do it in the crock pot at parties to keep it warm. I normally do the first part (boiling/steeping the spices) on the stove then transfer it to the crockpot since it takes longer for it to steep in the slow cooker. And yes, the smell is one of my favorite things about mulling wine! Drinking it being the first, of course. 😉

  7. This sounds amazing!! I will have to test this out with my mom… I am sure she will love it!

  8. Oooh! I suddenly got a hankering for some spicy wine! Sounds delicious – I will try to make this mulled wine soon! <3

  9. YUM! My favorite! I usually just buy it already made from the store and warm it up, but this recipe looks easy! I can’t wait for the holidays! 🙂

    • Funny, I think I’ve only seen ready made mulled wine once before. I guess the shops around me just don’t carry it. It’s definitely easy to make yourself, though. Try it! 😀

  10. Sounds so good!

  11. I love the smells of Cinnamon and cloves in Fall.

    • So do I. An awesome bonus of making this is the way your house smells. It smells like the holidays!

  12. I’ve never had mulled wine before in the States.. but I have had gluwein in Germany and I think that’s the same thing! 🙂 I had no idea other people drank it outside of Germany. 😛 Thanks for the recipe! It looks delicious!

    • I do think gluwein is the same thing. If not, it’s very similar. 😛 I’m surprised it isn’t more common here considering how ubiquitous sangria is. It’s basically a cool weather version of sangria. If you give it a try, let me know how similar (or different) it is from gluwein!

  13. Hmmm, never ever heard of such a thing but so want to try it now! Holiday party coming soon — guess this might make an appearance. lol.

    Thrifting Diva

    • It’s the adult version of spiced cider. 😉 If your guests like wine or spiced cider, then this’ll be a hit. If not, call me over and I’ll finish it off for you. 😛

  14. I am always one for trying something before I say I’m not about it, but wine isn’t really up my alley anymore. This seems like it would be something that a lot of people would like though.

  15. Pauline Cabrera

    Never had them but I’ll drink to that. Plus the smell of cinnamon…please pass the cup.

  16. I remember the first time I drunk mulled wine lets just say it was a jolly night and has been since (since 5 years ago). Thanks for the recipe

  17. I’ve never tried this, but it’s a must this holiday season. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  18. Oh my goodness! I just love mulled apple juice…I could only imagine how good this must taste <3

    • I love mulled cider, too. I feel like the wine enhances the spice flavors a bit more, which I love.

  19. I’ve never heard of mulled wine or tried it, but maybe I will give it a go! I’m more of a pour my bottle directly into my mouth girl 😉

    • I hear they have bottles of pre-made mulled wines that’ll work with your MO. 😉 If you’ve ever got a few minutes to wait, I’d recommend mulling it yourself though.

  20. Pinned it! This looks DELICIOUS!!! Thank you. Holidays are so exciting.

  21. Wow! You got some awesome shots! I don’t think I’ve ever had mulled wine, but this post definitely makes me curious!

  22. I’m not a drinker, but this does make me want some spiced cider. Yum!

    • If you add all the wine in at the first step (instead of steeping with just a small amount), it boils off a lot of the alcohol. 😉 This recipe also works for spiced cider if you switch out the wine for cider/juice.

  23. I’m not a huge fan of red wine, but this does sound good. My aunt makes something similar every Christmas Eve.

    • It is perfect for Christmas! You can try it with juice or cider if that’s more your thing.

  24. Wow this looks really good! Never heard of mulled wine before. Thanks for sharing!

  25. This sounds awesome! And yes, you just blew my mind!

    This is perfect for cooler nights.

  26. I’ve never had mulled wine, going to try it this Christmas for sure!

  27. This screams straight up holiday season to me! And nice hot mulled wine gives you the best of buzzes 🙂 Thanks for linking with us at #Foodie Fridays! Hope you will join us again soon!

    • Doesn’t it! Mulled wine always puts me in a cheery mood. 🙂 Thanks for the awesome link up!

  28. Yum. I can’t wait to try this. I love wine and I’m always looking for different recipes to try with wine. oxox, Amanda

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