The roots of traditional mulled wine can be traced back to Romans in the 2nd century. It was the drink of choice during cold, bitter winters, especially during battles throughout Europe. Eventually, the legions would bring with them wine, and different spices would be added to help support the immune system and boost overall health. Herbs and flowers were also added to make it a bit sweeter and improve the taste.
Its popularity continued to grow over Europe. In Sweden, it earned its name as a glögg. In Germany, it’s known as glühwein. In Croatia, it’s kuhano vino. Whatever the name, its association with Christmas turned it into a popular holiday drink. Today, it’s hard to visit any European Christmas market without seeing its own version of mulled wine. Although it may be centuries old, it’s an easy recipe that can be modified with any drink of your choice. It’s the best combination of wine and spices you’ll taste all holiday.
Good Ole Mulled Wine
- Red Wine
- Copper Wine Cup
- Crockpot or saucepan
- 1 750 mL bottle of red wine we recommend Cali Love Wine
- 12 oz Martinelli's apple juice
- 1 orange
- 1 satchel mulling spices or any mulled spice blend
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1. Over medium heat, pour your favorite red wine into the crockpot or saucepan.
- 2. Add 12oz. of apple juice.
- 3. Cut the orange and squeeze juice into the pot. Add the rest of the whole orange into the pot.
- 4. Add dark brown sugar.
- 5. Turn up heat to medium-high. Keep simmering. Do not let boil.
- 6. Once simmering, reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
- 7. Remove the satchel and orange. Gently squeeze the satchel to get some juice out.
- 8. Serve warm and enjoy.
Recipe courtesy of Cali Love Wine