German Mulled Wine | Glühwein

Perfect for a holiday gathering, this warm mulled wine recipe is ready to serve in 30 minutes. It’s so easy to make on the stove, or mull it in the slow cooker.

Mulled Wine or Glühwein is a warm winter German version of sangria that tastes like Christmas. Start a new family tradition with this belly-warming hot holiday punch recipe at

It’s kind of like mulled cider……only better!  Mulled Wine, or Glühwein as it’s called in German speaking countries, is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays.  I’m serving it up today for a Thanksgiving Cocktail Bloghop hosted by Home Stories A to Z.

I recently learned about Mulled Wine at a wine tasting event at our local grocery store.  I was chatting and sampling wine with the fun lady at the yellow tail table, when she told me about Glühwein, or mulled wine.  She said mulled wines have been warming people for centuries. Typically made with red wine, the wine is sweetened, spiced and heated.   She assured me that the mulled wine is a delightful alternative to traditional coffee, cider or a hot toddy at holiday gatherings or just on a cold winter’s night. I wrote down everything she told me, bought a bottle of yellow tail sangria and figured I’d make it for one of our holiday gatherings. 

Mulled Wine or Glühwein is a warm winter German version of sangria that tastes like Christmas. Start a new family tradition with this belly-warming hot holiday punch recipe at

She said the secret to a good mulled wine, is to toast the spices in a pan for a bit to intensify their flavors, and to add a little apple cider, honey and brandy to the wine.  It’s  like a mix between a spicy mulled cider, sangria and a  punch. It’s definitely sweet and tangy and tastes just like Christmas in a glass! And it’s guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day.

I made mine on the stove top, but it can also be kept warm in a slow cooker to serve at your next holiday party.

Mulled Wine. A warm winter German version of sangria that tastes like Christmas. Start a new family tradition with this belly-warming hot holiday punch recipe at
Mulled wine is cheap easy and forgiving.  Use a cheap red wine, that is fruity.  Whole spices – I picked mine up in the bulk section at Whole Foods, that way you can just buy a small amount.  Heat/toast the spices in a pan for a bit, add them to the pot of wine, with a little honey and apple cider.  And let it simmer.  How simple is that?  I added some lemon, lime and orange slices before serving and just a little brandy.  You could omit the brandy and add it to each glass if you’d prefer.

Now you’re ready to fill up your glasses and snuggle by the fire or party!

Mulled Wine

Yield: 4-6 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


1 bottle red wine (750ml) - use an inexpensive fruity red that's on the sweet side try Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel or yellow tail Sangria

3 cups unsweetened apple cider

1/4 cup honey

3-4 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise

4-5 star anise

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon, fresh ground nutmeg

1/4 cup brandy

1 lemon, sliced

1 lime, slice

cranberries (optional for garnish)

1 small orange sliced


Combine wine, cider and honey into a pot or slow cooker and heat over low to medium heat.

Place cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, star anise, cloves and ground nutmeg in a small sauce pan and roast over medium heat for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally with a wooden spoon.  Add spices to wine mixture and continue to heat for about 25-30 minutes, making sure it doesn’t come to a boil and stirring occasionally to make sure the honey dissolves.

When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve.

Just before serving add brandy and about 1 cup of the sliced fruit to the mulled wine(reserve remaining for garnish). Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and a cinnamon stick, a few cranberries and some of the sliced fruit to each glass for garnish, and enjoy!

Mulled wine can be left on the stove to heat for many hours.  It can also be stored in the fridge and reheated the next day.

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  1. I love how Sangria-like this mulled wine is! I make mulled wine every year at Christmas, but without the fruit…definitely need to try this recipe this year! So cozy looking.

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  5. I’ve only read about mulled wine before in a romance novel. 🙂  Love the recipe and your photographs are OFF THE CHARTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  7. Stunning pictures and hello yumminess!!!

  8. We drink this during the holidays too! Your recipe sounds even better than ours though! Can’t wait to try it. 

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  10. I already knew you were amazing at so many things – but now this – you are amazing girl!  Thanks for the recipe!

  11. This recipe sounds yummy, but this way is not German. May I suggest to sweeten it less. This mix sounds like it will give you a major headache the next morning! Be careful with the nutmeg, since it brings a strong different tang to this drink. I would use cardamom instead. Limes are also not commonly used in Germany. And the secret really lies in the wine. You suggest to use cheap red wine which may be responsible for next day headaches…if you use quality wine (good quality, not your 20-year old $100 Bordeaux) the taste will be much more mature and not so sweet sangria-like. Prost!

  12. This looks like such an easy fall drink recipe. I could go for a glass (or 3!). Love how the whole spices photographed too. Pinned!

  13. We are on the same page, I have a recipe for this coming up next week — love your photos!

  14. Wow. Your photos are amazing! Definitely makes me want a sip.
    Have a great weekend!

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  16. I absolutely adore the pictures in this post – AND the recipe!!

  17. absolutely stunning – wish I had some tonight
    Happy Halloween

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  19. Cheryl, this looks amazing! I’ve actually just signed up to make this for our holiday family gathering. Cannot wait! xo

  20. I added your drink to my roundup, I hope you enjoy!

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  22. This looks lovely.. I think I would use the Chocolate Shop wine, and leave out the clove

  23. This looks so delicious! I didn’t know you could use cider in mulled wine… awesome! And your photos are just out of this world gorgeous… like reading a magazine! Very happy I found your website. 

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