The pre-Christmas season is hardly imaginable without the aromatic drink. Mulled wine warms you from the inside on cold days and puts you in a good mood. I’ll show you how to make mulled wine yourself and give you tips on how to make the best mulled wine. Here you will find three delicious recipes for the Christmas drink, namely for the classic, for white and for alcohol-free mulled wine. The detailed recipes with exact quantities can be found below.
How is mulled wine made?
Mulled wine is made from red wine, white wine or, if it is to be alcohol-free, from juice. The wine or the juice is flavored with various spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise. In addition, citrus fruits are added as desired for a fruity taste. Mulled wine is sweetened with sugar or a sugar alternative, for example, honey, maple syrup. The quality of homemade mulled wine depends largely on the quality of the red or white wine used for homemade mulled wine.
Mulled wine recipe
To make mulled wine yourself, you need red or white wine, Christmas spices (preferably whole), possibly citrus fruits, such as orange or lemon, a sweetener, for example honey, sugar, maple syrup, and some water.
And here’s how easy it is to make it yourself:
The spices are boiled briefly in water, then left to infuse for about 10 minutes so that they can develop their full aroma.
Depending on taste, fruit cut into pieces is added. With a potato masher you can squeeze some juice out of the fruit.
Then honey or sugar is added, as well as wine, everything is stirred and heated. It is important not to boil the wine.
Then let the mulled wine steep for about 10 minutes, pour it through a sieve and enjoy. Before serving, you can heat it when it is no longer hot.
How to make vegan mulled wine?
If you want to make vegan mulled wine, you should make sure when you buy wine that it is vegan. Most of the time, it is explicitly stated on the wine label. You must also avoid using honey as a sweetener for vegan mulled wine.
The homemade mulled wine
tastes much better than the one from the Christmas market or the supermarket,
is very aromatic,
can be spiced as desired,
does not contain too much sugar or none at all,
is much cheaper,
is easy and quick to make,
can be drunk comfortably at home.
How to make the best mulled wine: tips & tricks
It’s best not to use ground spices, but whole ones.
Spices develop their full aroma when boiled in water, making your drink especially aromatic.
Use spices according to your taste, but do not overdo it.
Adjust the sweetness of the mulled wine to your taste. Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup or sugar.
Do not boil the wine when heating it.
To make your mulled wine taste delicious, buy good quality homemade wine.
Use only dry or semi-dry wine to make your own mulled wine.
Use a mulled wine maker to heat your Christmas drink and keep it warm.
Did you make mulled wine using one of the recipes from this post? Then I look forward to your star rating and your comment below.
Classic mulled wine – with red wine
The classic mulled wine is made with red wine. According to this recipe you can easily make it yourself. Use spices and citrus fruits according to your taste.
Put water in a saucepan, add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, nutmeg and peppercorns, boil it for about 1 minute, cover and let it steep for about 10 minutes.
Cut orange and lemon into small cubes, add them to the saucepan with the spices and squeeze some juice from the fruits, e.g. with a potato masher.
Cut apple into small cubes and add it to the cooking pot together with honey to the other ingredients.
Now add red wine, stir it and heat it up to approx. 60 °C - 70 °C. You must not boil the wine. Take the saucepan off the heat, cover it and let the mulled wine steep for about 10 minutes. Then pour it through a sieve.
Note helpful tips and tricks for making mulled wine yourself at the top of the post.
White mulled wine
Do you prefer white wine and want to make your mulled wine from it? Then this recipe is just right for you. Here, too, you can use spices and fruits according to your taste.
Put water in a saucepan, add cinnamon, star anise, cloves and nutmeg, boil it for about 1 minute, cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Add orange and apple cut into small cubes and honey to the saucepan with the spices and squeeze some juice from the fruit, for example with a potato masher.
Add white wine, stir it and heat it up to about 60 °C - 70 °C (do not boil!). Take the saucepan off the heat, cover it and let the white mulled wine steep for about 10 minutes. Then pour it through a sieve.
Alcohol-free mulled wine
Want to avoid alcohol or make mulled wine for kids? Then make this alcohol-free drink.