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Mulled Wine for the Holidays

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

Mulled Wine is a great addition to fireside snuggling. It is so simple to make and can be ready in 20 minutes. If you are serving a crowd, it can be mulled in a Crockpot all day and ready when your guests arrive. This mulled wine recipe is sure to warm you during the holidays.

Mulled Wine in Single Glass

What is Mulled Wine?

Very simply, mulled wine is spiced, heated red wine. It is usually made with a bit of brandy and some form of sweetener. It’s very popular throughout Europe and can be found at outdoor holiday markets around this time of year. Not only is it delicious, but the preparation will fill your home with the most welcoming scent of citrus and warm spices.

Mulled Wine Ingredients

Spiced wine, or mulled wine, starts with a dry red wine that is heated slowly and mixed with whole spices such as cinnamon, star anise, allspice, cloves and citrus like oranges, lemons or limes. It can also be sweetened with agave honey, sugar or even apple juice.

It’s so simple and so delicious. Enjoy it now and all throughout the winter season!

Spiced Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine for the Holidays



For the Mulled Wine

  • 1 (750 ml.) bottle of dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 orange, sliced into half rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 Tbsp. sugar, honey or maple syrup, to taste

For the Garnish

  • Citrus slices
  • Extra cinnamon sticks
  • Extra star anise
  • Rosemary sprig


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat. Be careful not to boil the mulled wine.
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Strain and serve warm with your desired garnishes.


  1. This can easily be made in a crockpot if serving a crowd.
  2. Feel free to use your choice of sweetener, or leave the mulled wine unsweetened.
  3. You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon and star anise in a cheesecloth. Simply strain and pull the bundle out when ready to serve.

Mulled Wine in Two Glasses with Rosemary and Cinnamon

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Table and Dish, Sally Roeckell
By Sally Roeckell
Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. She has photographed people, food and life all over the US and in Spain, Basque Country, The South of France and Paris. She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features on 365 Barrington and on her website at

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