The easiest homemade Mulled Wine made with festive and warming spices, clementines, and a splash of amaretto liqueur. This recipe is so easy to make, ready in 10 minutes and tastes divine. Buon Natale!
Mulled wine, also known as Glühwein in Germany or Vin Brulé in Italy is the ultimate way to stay warm, cosy and merry when it's freezing cold outside.
Whenever I visit Christmas markets I always have a hot mug of mulled wine in hand to keep me warm, watching the twinkling lights and listening to the festive music.
And although you can buy it ready-made in bottles it's so much better and super easy to make from scratch at home! I love to add a cheeky splash of amaretto liqueur in too which adds sweetness but that's totally optional!
It's the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
Ingredients - what you need
The ingredients you need to make mulled wine are super simple; red wine (dry), amaretto liqueur (this is optional but so delicious), brown sugar, clementines or oranges, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and a bay leaf.
See the photo below that shows you all the ingredients you need!
How to make Mulled Wine - step by step
Cut the clementines or orange into thick slices and add to a medium sized pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients (photos 1 & 2).
Heat the wine slowly until it starts to simmer then immediately turn off the heat (do not let it boil) (photo 3).
Ladle the mulled wine into heatproof mugs and serve (photo 4).
Top tips and recipe FAQs
- Wine - Don't use expensive red wine for this a low cost dry red wine is absolutely fine.
- Sugar - I use light brown sugar because I love the caramelised flavour but regular white sugar or honey will also work well!
- Spices - Make sure to use whole spices and not powder.
Other spices that you can add to mulled wine are juniper berries (2 berries are enough), cardamom pods and pepper corns. You can also add a splash of liqueur such as brandy , cognac or amaretto or juice such as cherry, apple or orange juice.
Homemade mulled wine will keep well for 1 week. Make sure to remove the spices and clementines if keeping longer than 1 day or it'll be too strongly infused.
Absolutely, you can reheat the mulled wine as many times as you like just make sure you don't boil it.
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📖 Full Recipe
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 shot amaretto liqueur (15ml)
- ½ cup brown sugar (110g)
- 3 clementines or 1 orange
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 3 star anise
- 1 bay leaf
- Cut the clementines or orange into thick slices and add to a medium sized pot. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Heat the wine slowly until it starts to simmer then immediately turn off the heat (do not let it boil)
- Ladle the mulled wine into heatproof mugs and serve.
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