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Easy Spiced Mulled Wine

This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s so cozy and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6
Calories: 107kcal


  • 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine (recommended Cabernet Sauvignon) 
  • 1/2 cup cognac orange liqueur or apple cider 
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 orange or 2 tangerines sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey (optional)


  • Place all the ingredients into a pot and stir to combine on medium heat. To store leftovers, allow the wine to come to room temperature and strain fruit and spices. I like to pour in a mason jar and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • Heat until the wine just reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes. (Avoid letting it boil — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol or become bitter).
  • Keep warm in a slow cooker for up to 3 hours.
  • Serve warm in mugs or glasses with some of the cooked fruit and spices.


  • Use any inexpensive red you like - Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, or Malbec.
  • Making a big batch? Consider opting for a box of red, which holds four 750-ml bottles
  • Feel free to substitute Cointreau, Triple Sec, or any other orange liqueur
  • Like sweet wine? Add brown sugar or honey.
  • Want a G-rated version of mulled wine? Opt for a dealcoholized red and apple cider instead of red wine and cognac.


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg