How to make mulled wine?

How to make mulled wine?

Nowadays, each country adds its own specialties, which gives mulled wine very diverse and original tastes.

You can, for example, prepare it :

- Latvian style: by adding Black Balsam, a black liqueur from Riga.

- Hungarian style: using local wine, Egri Bikaver, as well as cinnamon and cloves.

- Bulgarian style: by adding honey, apples, and citrus fruits.

- Moldavian style: called Izvar, the main ingredients of the drink are local red wine, pepper, and honey.

- Swedish style (and more widely throughout Scandinavia): the main ingredients are red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and cloves. Sometimes vodka, aquavit or brandy are also added.

- Alsatian style: Alsatian mulled wine is traditionally made from white wine, with Riesling or Pinot Blanc.

- Polish style: Piwo Grzane, as it is called there, is made from hot beer, accompanied by the traditional ingredients of mulled wine (fruit, spices).

- Brazilian style: served at the Fiesta Junina in the south of the country, it is consumed at the beginning of winter with cachaça.

- Turkish style: called Sıcak Sarap, it is eaten with sugar, oranges and lemon.

Who consumes the most mulled wine?

Flagship drink of the Christmas markets mulled wine is mainly consumed in Europe. Depending on the country, it is named differently and consumed in varying quantities. This drink is widely consumed in the Scandinavian countries, particularly in Sweden and Denmark, where it is called Glögg and Gløgg (terms meaning "mulled wine" in each language). In Germany, as in most Germanic countries, it is mainly consumed under the name Glühwein. This word comes from a derivative of the German "glühen", meaning shine, and "wein", meaning wine. In France, it used to be called "vin à la Française", and was made with cinnamon. This drink was served in many inns in the 19th century, and even crossed the Alps, where it spread to Italy as "vin brûlé" (pronounced "vin brûlé" in French). The countries mentioned above make up the majority of consumers of mulled wine, even though the drink has become democratized in most European countries.

Our advice for making your own mulled wine

To make a good mulled wine, you have to be careful about which wine you choose. Indeed, you should avoid tannic wines such as Malbec or Mourvèdre, because it will be more complicated to attenuate the rough sensation in the mouth with sugar.


The best wine to use to make mulled wine is a young red wine, fruity and round, as can be Merlot or Gamay, whose sweetness will be in adequacy with the other ingredients used. To accompany your mulled wine, Christmas cakes such as gingerbread, and shortbread will be in perfect harmony with the drink, but also with the atmosphere.

The ingredients:

- 1.5L of red wine

- 150 g brown sugar

- An orange

- A zest of lemon and orange

- Spices: cinnamon, star anise, cloves - Grated nutmeg

Heat everything in a saucepan over low heat until it boils, then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Don't forget to filter the wine, then serve it!