The perfect holiday drink

mulled wine template

There’s nothing better than a glass of mulled wine to keep you warm inside and out or to spice up your cozy evenings at home. I’m not lying when I say its the perfect holiday drink, it’s basically Christmas in a glass. Red wine might not be everyone’s cup of tea but you really need to give this recipe a try, if you haven’t had this already then there’s no point on wasting any more time. Get your spices out and make this quick and easy delicious holiday drink.

mulled wine saucepan

Going way, way back!

If you don’t care about where mulled wine started, feel free to scroll down! Going way back to the 2nd century when Romans needed to keep warm during the winter months. They would heat up red wine to help them survive the cold. Other ingredients, like the spices you still find in the recipe were added to beat illnesses and for medicinal benefits. It then became really popular in Sweden where it was known as glögg and was enjoyed around Christmas time. It’s now become more and more popular all around the world during the holiday season.

mulled wine ingredients


  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 Orange
  • 2-3 Tbsp of sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 Star anise
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 5 Cloves
  • Cranberries & blackberries (optional for a fruity taste or garnish)

You can also find little packets with all the mulled wine spices you need.

mulled wine ingredients 2


  • Slice the orange, put aside 2-3 slices to garnish your glass.
  • Take the cloves and insert them inside the orange slices. This step isn’t necessary but I find it easier to pick out the spices at the end.
  • Add all the ingredients to a pot and cook on medium heat until it starts simmering.
  • Don’t let it boil, it would boil off all the alcohol out of the wine.
  • Once it’s been simmering for 20-25 minutes, it’s ready to serve.

Leave the spices in the pot to reuse for a second serving or throw them out. I don’t recommend using them in your cup as it might add too much flavour.

If you’re planning on making this recipe for a larger group, alternatively you could do it in a slow cooker. Add all the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it sit on low for a few hours, then turn it down to keep warm. Continue adding more red wine every few hours to top up your delicious mulled wine.

I really hope you enjoy this perfect holiday drink as much as I do! If you want to save this recipe, click here and save it on your Pinterest for later use.

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