Cold evenings during the Holidays call for a warm, spiced cocktail. Mulled wine is a traditional drink that uses red wine, brandy, citrus, and a few of The Holiday Baking Spices to give you a comforting drink to cozy up with by the fireplace, or sip while snuggled under your favorite blanket watching Christmas movies. When we have friends or family over during the Holidays for games, wrapping gifts, and all things Christmas-related, we keep a big pot of Mulled Wine warming all evening.
Mulled wine is so simple to make. It requires only a handful of ingredients and either a slow cooker or a saucepan. It is a warm and comforting cocktail that is spiced, soothing, festive, and filled with history. If you want to know all about Mulled Wine and all of its glory, try reading, The Long, Storied History of Mulled Wine.
This is what Santa really wants while gifting this year! He’s cold and in need of at least one Cozy & Comforting Cold Weather Cocktail! I’m partial to this one myself!
My mulled wine uses the traditional citrus and spices, however, has a zany kick to it! Just a drop of Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil, and this Mulled Wine gets an extra cinnamon zing. In addition, it will fill your home with that woodsy, uplifting aroma of Christmas cheer!
Cinnamon Vogue sent me their cinnamon sticks and bark oil for use in this Mulled Wine post. Note that when using essential oils, use sparingly. These are concentrated and a little drop goes a long way for all uses, but especially in cooking. When using a new product it is important to learn about it. So please take a look at Cinnamon Vogue’s website for all of the uses, features, properties, and to order the Ceylon Cinnamon Bark oil & Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks that I used in this recipe.
As you can see, this is a bright and bold mix of both flavors and colors. Look at how beautiful this deep red wine is, steeped with spices and adorned with citrus.
Mulled Wine Recipe
- 1 Bottle of Red Wine such as Cabernet or Syrah
- 1/4 cup of Brandy
- 3 -4 Tablespoons of Honey or Agave (test sweetness after 3 Tablespoons)
- 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark Oil (optional)
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Cardamom Pods
- 1 clementine sliced (or use a small orange or lemon)
- The juice of 1 clementine (or use a small orange or lemon)
- 8 whole cloves
- pinch of nutmeg
- Optional – 1 apple sliced (for added fruit flavor)
- Rinds of clementines, lemon, or orange – for garnish!
- Extra cinnamon sticks for garnish!
In a Slow Cooker or a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Keep simmering this on a low heat for 2-3 hours (or longer in your slow cooker) to let all of the flavors marry. Once your Mulled Wine is ready, remove all of the spices, orange segments, and apple slices (if used). Pour into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and citrus rind.
Enjoy and don’t forget, leaving a mug of this warm Mulled Wine out for Santa is sure to get you on the “Nice” list!
Cheers to all! And to all a good drink!
Interested in other warm holiday drinks? Check out my post on Cozy & Comforting Cold Weather Cocktails For All 12 Days of Christmas!