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Simple, Easy Mulled Wine
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Simple, Easy Mulled Wine

Mulled wines don't have to be complex and difficult. It's possible to make a simple, basic mulled wine that captures the essential flavors and experience of the Christmas holidays.

If you enjoy this style of mulled wine, though, you should try making a more complex mulled wine as well at some point.

Basic Mulled Wine Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Ingredient Notes

  • A dark, fruity red wine usually works best.
  • Set aside extra cinnamon sticks for serving with the mulled wine later

Simple Mulled Wine Preparation

Equipment Needed for Mulled Wine

  • Medium saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Ladle
  • Mugs
Note: use a non-reactive metal — if you use aluminum, the wine's acids will react with the metal and impart a metallic taste to your mulled wine.

Preparation Time for Mulled Wine

  • 5 minutes to gather ingredients
  • 10-15 minutes to heat the wine
  • 5 minutes to set up the wine for serving

Making a Simple Mulled Wine

Simple Mulled Wine Recipe

  • Pour the bottle of red wine into a saucepan
  • Add water
  • Add lemon juice, spices, and sugar
  • Put the heat on low and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes
Tip: don't let the mulled wine mixture reach the boiling point — keep an eye on it to ensure that it only simmers. Alcohol has a lower boiling point than water, so once the red wine starts boiling you'll already be losing a lot of the alcohol.

Serving a Simple Mulled Wine

  • Ladle out the mulled wine into mugs
  • Put a strainer over the mugs to remove bits of spices
  • Keep the mulled red wine on very low heat to keep it warm

Serving Tips

  • Use Christmas-themed mugs that have been pre-warmed
  • You can garnish your mulled wine with orange slices or a stick of cinnamon


German Glühwein Drinking Lesson

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