Holiday Warm Mulled Wine Recipe

I have a tennis pal, Ivonne, who has a German heritage and *lots* of German family recipes. If you like mulled wine during the holidays, you’ll love Ivonne’s delicious warm spiced wine recipe!

No German Christmas market is complete without Glühwein, which translates into “Glow Wine” referring to the hot iron element used for mulling. Is there anything more delightful than sipping a warm spiced wine on a winter evening?

Bring the taste of Germany into your home this Christmas with a simple and satisfying recipe!


750 ml of red wine (one bottle)

250 ml orange juice

3 tbsp sugar

½ sliced lemon

2 cloves

1-star anise

Two cardamom pods

Two cinnamon sticks


  • Take a large saucepan, pot or Dutch oven and heat red wine to barely simmering. Ensure that you do not boil the wine as the boiling process will lead to evaporation of alcohol.
  • Take a sliced lemon, cloves, star anise, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, sugar, orange juice and add it to the wine in the saucepan.
  • Stir the mixture until the sugar in it dissolves completely. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove all the added ingredients from the mixture. These ingredients will leave their flavors in the wine.
  • Keep this delightful concoction warm in a crock-pot for your guests to ladle into their cups all evening.

Here’s a shortcut if you have no time on your hands; AKA Lazy People Mulled Wine Recipe:

750 ml of red wine (one bottle)
250 ml orange juice
1 box of Aspen Mulling Spices

Take large saucepan, throw it all together, heat it all up. DONE!

Whether you choose the original recipe or the shortcut, I hope you enjoy this delicious warm wine as you make memories with your family!

– Suzanne

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