The Best Stovetop Mulled Wine Recipe

mulled wine recipe

Anyone else struggling through this chilly winter weather? Thankfully, Maryland missed the snow storm that rolled through the mideast this weekend. However, we are experiencing single digit temps and blustery winds! Burrrrr…

This weather always makes me want a warm and toasty treat, snuggle up with the pups, and to grab a large fluffy down throw! One of my favorite treats this time of year is a cup of warm, scrumptious mulled wine.

Originating in Europe and first documented around the the 2nd century, this alcoholic beverage was used to help people survive the bitter cold chill of winter.

Mulled wine made made using a base of dry red wine, brandy and apple cider combined with rich mulled spices paired with bright citrus. There are many variations of this delicious beverage and I of course have my own spin on the traditional recipe.

mulled wine recipe

The great part of this recipe is you can’t make it wrong! Unlike many recipes out there, I do not include honey in my recipe. Personally, I enjoy less sweetness and stronger spice and citrus undertones.  

My favorite part of making mulled wine is the beautiful aroma. It doesn’t take long for the house to quickly smell of lovely hints of citrus, clove and cinnamon.

mulled wine garnished with oranges and cinnamon sticks

Mulled Wine Recipe




Mulled wine is a deliciously easy to make drink that combines bright citrus flavors with warm spices. It is sure to become your favorite winter treat!

  • 1 bottle of Red Wine – (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and/or Bordeaux preferred)
  • 1/4 c Brandy
  • 4 C Apple Cider
  •  1 Orange – small
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Lemon
  •  4-5 Cinnamon Sticks (extra for garnish) 
  •  4-5 Whole Star Anise
  •  1 Vanilla Bean
  •  1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Whole Cloves
mulled wine garnished with oranges and cinnamon sticks
  1. First combine wine and apple cider into a pot and heat over low to medium heat.
  2. Next, while wine mixture is warming, place cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, star anise, cloves and ground nutmeg in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Once spices have toasted/roasted, combine with wine mixture and continue to warm over medium heat for 30 minutes. (Making sure the mixture doesn’t come to a boil.) When thoroughly warmed through, the mixture will begin to steam. 
  4. Just before serving add brandy and sliced fruit, make sure to save some for garnish!
  5. When ready to serve, ladle into decorative mugs adding a whole cinnamon stick and garnish as desired! Enjoy!


If entertaining the wine can be left on the stove on low heat for many hours. It can also be refrigerated and reheated if necessary.

glass of Mulled Wine garnished

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Please share it with loved ones or treat yourself to a good pick-me-up on a cold blustery day! 

With that said, I’m headed back under the blankets with the boys, wake me up when it’s spring!




Mulled Wine Recipe


2 thoughts on “The Best Stovetop Mulled Wine Recipe”

    1. Oh my! I did not realize I was missing the apple cider in the recipe! I use 4 cups apple cider combined with the wine in the first step. I fixed the recipe for the future. Thank you for identifying that error!



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