With winter comes hot drinks, especially mulled wine. What is mulled wine? It is red wine infused with spices and served warm. Some variations add hard liquor, such as gin or brandy, depending on the region. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about making your own mulled wine.

What ingredients are used in mulled wine?1-What ingredients are used in mulled wine_

The ingredients used in mulled wine vary depending on the region. Typical spices used in mulled wine include cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, anise, allspice, and vanilla. Other recipes call for ginger, apples, bitter orange, figs and raisins in addition to the spices.

Almost all mulled wine recipes use red wine, but some add other liquors such as brandy, rum, cognac, sherry, and akvavit. You can make alcohol-free mulled wine by replacing the wine with fruit juice.

How do you make mulled wine?2-How do you make mulled wine_

You can make mulled wine by combining the wine with spices, fruits, and other additives. The mixture is then simmered to allow the flavors to infuse, and then the mulled wine is strained and served immediately.

Traditional mulled wine recipe3-Traditional mulled wine recipe

This traditional mulled wine recipe features essential spices with optional gin added.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 ounces gin (optional)


  • Place the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf, and spices
  • Heat gently until all of the sugar has dissolved
  • Add more sugar to the mixture if you want the wine sweeter
  • Take the mixture off the heat, and stir in gin if you desire
  • Strain into glasses and serve immediately

'Tis the season!

  1. "Mulled Wine," BBC, n.d.
  2. "What is Mulled Wine?," The Spruce Eats, October 21, 2018.

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