How to Make Mulled Wine (Glühwein recipe)

Steal my holiday tradition and make your own mulled wine this year! I am sharing the Gluhwein recipe!

One of my favourite holiday traditions is one that has been fairly recently introduced, in the grand scheme of things. My dear childhood friend ended up falling in love and getting married and moving permanently to Switzerland, where she now teaches at an International school and raises her beautiful family along with her native Swiss husband. They are such amazing friends and we miss them greatly, but we have had the opportunity to spend some time over in Europe with them and always enjoy when they make their yearly visits back to Vancouver Island.

As they live in the German part of Switzerland (Zurich, to be exact), it was on a Christmas visit several years ago that she first introduced me to Glühwein. Unknown to me before that time, Glühwein, also known as mulled wine in North America, is a very common and popular holiday beverage in northern Europe. In fact, with the growing popularity of hygge, mulled wine fits right up in there in the realm of things that perfectly compliment they cozy tradition of the holiday season.

Family Traditions

Each year my friend would bring us home little packets of Glühwein spices already mixed together so I could brew up a few batches of this delicious and special holiday treat. But as they have begun visiting in the summers rather then the winter, I’ve been left to my own devices. So after much research and experimentation, I have come up with this recipe for mulled wine, aka Glühwein, and want to share this awesomely unique drink with you so that you might wow your holiday guests with something just a little different this year.

Let me know what you think!

The mulled wine on a wooden tray with faux antlers, cut orange and cinnamon sticks.

Mulled wine in mugs beside a lit candle in a votive.

There is star anise and cinnamon sticks on the wooden tray.

5 from 3 votes

Mulled Wine

Delicious warm mulled wine is the perfect hygge drink for winter and holiday evenings. 


  • 1/2 - 1 medium orange
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 3-4 raw cinnamon sticks
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 bottle red wine


  1. Squeeze the juice from the orange and set aside.  Zest the orange skin and add to the pot. 

  2. Mix the water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved.  

  3. Reduce heat and add the spices and orange juice, stir thoroughly, and then simmer for 1-2 minutes. 

  4. Reduce heat to low and add the wine.  Simmer it on very low, never allowing it to come to a full simmer or boil, for about 20-30 minutes.  

  5. Strain and serve, garnishing with a star anise, cinnamon stick, or orange wedge if desired.  

Give this a try, this holiday season.

I think both you and your guests will love it!

And today I’m joined by some friends who are also sharing their amazing holiday recipes with you!

Christmas holiday recipes.

How to Make Mulled Wine (Glühwein Recipe) at The Happy Housie
DIY Colonial Gingerbread House at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Christmas Wreath Veggie Pizza at Clean & Scentsible
Homemade Egg Nog at Town and Country Living
Easy Holiday Appetizer at Rooms FOR Rent

Chrstmas cookies 2018.

Secret Ingredient Gingerbread Cookies at Jenna Kate at Home
Snowball Cookies at Finding Silver Pennies
Easy Gluten Free Shortbread with White Chocolate and Toffee at Home Made Lovely
Brown Butter Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Ganache
The Best One Hour Orange Rolls at Summer Adams Designs

Christmas desserts blogger tour.

Cake Mix Quick Bread Recipe at On Sutton Place
Best Waffle Recipe Ever at The DIY Mommy
The Most Chocolatey Hot Chocolate Cookies at A Pretty Life
Eggnog Bread Recipe at Tauni Everett
Instant Pot Ham at TIDBITS Marci

Cookies on a plate blogger tour.

Toblerone Shortbread with Browned Flour at Life is a Party
Spicy Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies at Modern Glam
Christmas Tree Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Toppers at The Turquoise Home
Easy Creme Brule for the Holidays at Hallstrom Home

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  1. 5 stars
    This is on my list to make this year for sure! I have always wanted to try it. Thanks for putting together such a wonderful group of bloggers! xoxo

  2. What a neat story and that sounds amazing!! I’ve always wondered what mulled wine actually was – I’ll have to give it a try! Merry Christmas and thank-you so much for putting this awesome series together!

  3. 5 stars
    Krista, that is so neat that you’re able to bring a dear friend’s tradition and make that a new tradition in your home as well. Switzerland is on my bucket list. It sounds beautiful! Thanks for hosting this fun recipe hop! Merry Christmas!

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