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Christmas Market Mulled Wine

Mulled wine the way you would find it at a Christmas market in Eastern France or Germany, infused with spices and orange zests.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French, German
Keyword: christmas drink, Mulled wine, vin chaud
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 282kcal


  • 1 bottle red wine (750 ml) - see notes
  • ½ cup brown sugar (62 g)
  • zests of ½ organic orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 small piece ginger - sliced


  • Mix all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  • Once it's boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and serve warm.


  • You might not find whole star anise pods at your local grocery store, go to a bulk food, European or spice store.
  • Don’t use any of the spices in the form of powder, you’ll end up with a sediment at the bottom of your glass that won’t be nice to drink.
  • Wine is bringing the fruity taste in mulled wine, so you want to use a young (less than 4 years old), round red wine like a Syrah, Merlot or Grenache. I used the Yellow Tail Shiraz which did a great job.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace wine with grape or orange juice.
  • Calories are per one serving.