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Warm Up With Mulled Wine & Cider

Come in from the cold to the warm, heady aroma of mulled wine or mulled cider.

Pick Your Potion

While red wine and apple cider are the most traditional of the spiced winter warmers, you can also use cranberry juice, white wine, hard cider, or ale. All of these beverages take very nicely to mulling--which is simply adding spices to them and warming them up. 

  • The primary spice combinations for mulled wine or cider almost always include cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
  •  Nutmeg, mace, star anise, allspice berries, cardamom pods, slices of fresh ginger, orange slices and lemon zest are also good additions.
  • To infuse without making the drink cloudy and gritty, use whole spices rather than ground.

How to Mull

Bring the mixture to a very gentle simmer over low heat.

  • Don't let it boil: this can cause spices to turn bitter.
  • To really allow the flavors of the spices to infuse into the beverage, you should allow the mixture to simmer on the stovetop for at least half an hour.

It's fine to keep the pot warm for several hours, allowing everyone to sip holiday cheer throughout the night: a slow cooker on low heat is ideal. Ladle into mugs and serve, garnished with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.

Feb. 11, 2010 7:02 pm
This is very rich in antioxidant! Grape juice can also be used instead of wine.
Aug. 18, 2010 4:54 pm
The cider sounds amazing! I plan on trying this recipe as soon as fall comes around!
Sep. 12, 2010 6:43 am
YUM! Fall is here, can't wait to try this
Oct. 29, 2010 2:18 pm
You should try Illinois River Winery's Hallowine. It's a apple wine with cinnamon and other spices. Wonderful!
Nov. 12, 2010 6:26 am
Did I miss something? Where is the actual recipe? I want to make this but I don't know what proportions will work. I guess I will look somewhere else.
Nov. 15, 2010 5:52 pm
I'm with you, WHERE'S the actual recipe. Don't tempt me and then not give me sufficient info.
Nov. 21, 2010 3:52 pm
I would love actual recipe as well
Dec. 12, 2010 3:23 pm
Recipe please - want to be sure I get right proportions. Want to take Gluhwine to party this weekend.
Dec. 18, 2010 2:57 am
Gluhwein Recipe Ingredients 2 bottles red wine 1 cup sugar 2 cups water 1/2 lemon, sliced 20 whole cloves 1 teaspoon nutmeg 6 to 8 cinnamon sticks Mix water, lemon and spices and simmer for an hour. Strain. Heat but do not boil the red wine. Add wine to hot water mixture. Ladle gluhwein into cups and serve with half a slice of orange for garnish. You will find it's easier and less messy to make gluhwein if you have a tea ball or cheese cloth for the cloves and cinnamon. COPIED FROM ANOTHER RECIPE WEB SITE If you watch Rick Steve's European Christmas on PBS, The aroma of this permeates the Christmas markets he shows.
Dec. 20, 2010 6:49 am
to those who are oddly wondering "where the recipe is"... yes, in fact you did miss something. this is a summary page providing info on the category of drinks, and if you'll notice, there are SEVERAL related recipes listed right there in a little box under the handy "Related Links" heading. including one for Gluhwein and several varieties of mulled cider.
Jul. 28, 2011 6:27 pm
I did not see the recipe for the hot mulled wine so here is mine. 1 1/2 c. boiling water 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1/2 lemon, sliced 3 sticks cinnamon 3 whole cloves 1 lg. bottle Burgundy, Nutmeg bring all items to a slow boil strain before serving, serve hot
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