How-To: Make Mulled Wine

star anise cinnamove oranges for making mulled wine

Mulled Wine: A Euro-inspired Secret to Staying Warm This Winter

The Scandis have gløgg, the Germans have Glühwein, and the French vin chaud. Our neighbors to the North sip a warm mix of red wine with maple syrup and hard liquor during Winter Carnival. New Hampshire is past due for a warming winter drink, try our mulled wine recipe when you need a cozy winter treat!

Mulled Wine

Serves 8


  • 2 bottles red wine*
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 1 orange, sliced to form discs
  • 2 Tbs mulling spices*
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of sugar (to taste)
  • 8 cinnamon sticks (optional, for garnishing)

*Notes: We recommend a dry red, nothing too sweet because you’ll be adding brandy and sugar. A Beaujolais or Cabernet Sauvignon would be perfect, and don’t be afraid to try it with a mid-priced boxed wine!
You can purchase mulling spices at specialty kitchen stores or from local producer Herb Barn. You can also make your own by combining cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.


  1. Place mulling spices in either cheesecloth or large tea strainer so that they may be removed easily later.
  2. Combine wine, orange slices, sugar, brandy and mulling spices in a large saucepan or pot, and heat on medium/medium-low until steam rises and mixture is hot. Do not heat until boiling.
  3. Keep the mulled wine warm over low heat until ready to serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and sliced orange.

Rumor has it mulled wine tastes even better sipped from the comfort of a Jacuzzi while the snow falls. Check out our cozy cabin recommendations for the perfect winter getaway.


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