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Mulled wine is a holiday tradition that doesn’t get enough love. I don’t understand why—it’s perfectly spiced, warms your belly, and is easy to make. So like, let’s make mulled wine a thing. A big thing.
This simple mulled wine recipe is SO easy to make. I’m talking 5 minutes or less. Basically throw everything into a pot and bring it to a simmer. It tastes like fall in your mouth, and gets even better as the flavors meld together.
I’ll surely be serving this at our holiday get togethers this year 🙂
Also can we talk about these stunning mugs from Farmhouse Pottery? I am so obsessed with everything these guys do. Like, no joke, when I was a tiny blogger just starting out, I started following them and was like POTTERY GOALS.
I’ve been drinking my morning coffee from their tall silo mug and it’s just perfect. Oooh, it would totally make for a great gift for the home lover in your life. I’m hosting a giveaway with Farmhouse on my Instagram later today, where we’ll be giving away a set of these gorgeous mugs. Head there around 11am EST to enter!
What is mulled wine?
Sadly, mulled wine isn’t a super popular drink in the US, but it’s long been loved in Europe. According to the Spruce Eats, mulled wine is traditionally sold by European street vendors during the winter months and is often served with cookies or biscuits for dipping.
In France, they call mulled wine vin chaud, in Sweden it’s called glogg, and the Germans call it Glühwein. I believe the Brits have a similar drink called wassail as well, though I’m not as familiar with that drink!
Mulled wine is typically a red wine that’s been mixed with spices and is served warm. The types of spices and flavorings can vary, but cinnamon and cloves are usually involved. Homemade mulled wine may also feature citrus, sugar, or fresh ginger, and additional liquors may be added for additional warmth and flavor.
How to make mulled wine
Although easy to make no matter what recipe you use, mulled wine can sometimes require a few hours of simmering to bring all the flavors together. Needless to say, I don’t have that kind of patience so I’ve created an ultra simple mulled wine recipe (you’re welcome!).
To make this easy mulled wine, combine a bottle of red wine (I prefer pinot noir), bourbon, sugar, sliced oranges, and a few spices into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let the mixture simmer for five minutes and then ladle into mugs and enjoy!
If you’d like, you can combine these ingredients in a slow cooker and let it heat on ‘low’ for a few hours before serving it. Slow cookers are my favorite way to serve homemade mulled wine, especially if you’re hosting a large party because the wine will stay warm all night long. Set up a toppings station next to the slow cooker if you go this route so that guests can add in the garnishes themselves.
Also, it’s totally up to you whether or not you strain the mulled wine before serving. Personally, I don’t mind the bits of spices floating in my mug, but it’s really based on your personal preference!