Warm Wine that Brings Sweet Holiday Cheer

mulled wine

Depending on where you are in the world, mulled wine can go by many names: Glühwein, glögg, greyano vino, and vinho quente just to name a few! This crowd-pleasing beverage is traditionally made with red wine (but we found a delicious white wine variation too!), spices, and sugar around the holidays. Absolutely perfect for those long, wintery days.

Most recipes make enough for a crowd, but with Holiday celebrations looking a little different this year, you can easily cut any of these recipes in half for a smaller gathering.

Whether you’re making a large or small amount, try serving your mulled wine in a slow cooker to keep it warm all evening! If you do have leftover mulled wine, it will last in the fridge for about 3 days.

Lisa from our Wine Marketing team has some great suggestions for wines to make any of these recipes with!

I usually suggest fruit-driven red wines to make mulled wine. I would typically suggest wines from Beaujolais (including Beaujolais Nouveau). The Gamay grape is a perfect fit for mulled wines. Also, Australian shiraz wines because they are typically fruity. 

  • George Dubouef 16380
  • Jadot Beaujolais 8627
  • Layer Cake Shiraz 46458
  • Rosemount Shiraz 6524

Although red wines are usually used to make mulled wine, white mulled wines are also nice. I would suggest using a Riesling or Gewurtztrimer wine because they pair nicely with the spices used in mulled wines. If you prefer it not to be too sweet I suggest a dry Riesling.

  • 13052 Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurtz
  • 15827 Frisk Prickly Riesling
  • 34951 Eroica Dry Riesling
ina garten's mulled wine

Ina Garten’s Mulled Wine

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle of red wine
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 whole star anise pods
  • Garnish with orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and/or apple slices.

You can view the original recipe and directions at Foodnetwork.com.

slow cooker mulled wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine from The Kitchn

  • 2 (750-ml) bottles of red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • Peel of 1/2 orange, white pith removed
  • Garnish with, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, orange peel or slices, and/or cranberries

You can view the original recipe and directions at TheKitchn.com

sugar salted mulled white wine

Sugar Salted Mulled White Wine

  • 1 bottle (750-ml) white wine
  • 1 cup (240-ml) water
  • juice of 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup (110g) white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 organic orange, sliced
  • 1 organic lemon, sliced
  • 10 cloves
  • 4–6 whole star anise pods
  • 4–6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • Serve with fresh citrus slices and cinnamon sticks

You can view the original recipe and directions at SugarSalted.com

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