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Mulled White Wine

29 December 2022 | Last Updated: 24 January 2023 By Aleksandra

Mulled white wine may be less popular than mulled red wine but it´s equally delicious or maybe even better. White wine is spiced with aromatic spices, vanilla bean, oranges, and lemon. It´s so good you´ll want to sip on it all winter long!

You may also like our traditional red wine German mulled wine (Glühwein), cranberry orange mulled wine (made with fresh cranberries), or this Polish mulled wine (with raspberry syrup).

Two glassed with mulled white wine on a grey stone board. Christmas decoration in the background.

Ingredients

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Here´s what you need to make this easy recipe:

Labeled ingredients needed to prepare mulled white wine.
  • White wine – you can use any white wine that you like to drink on its own, but it needs to be dry. I used Chardonnay for this recipe.
  • An orange and 1/2 lemon – preferably organic since the wine will be infused by the citrus zest. Lemon really goes well with white wine.
  • Vanilla bean – optional but it really adds something to the recipe! Substitute with vanilla extract or paste if you don´t have it.
  • Brown sugar and honey – to sweeten your mulled wine. I prefer brown sugar for its caramel flavor with a hint of honey. I wouldn´t add more honey since its flavor it too pronounced but a small amount makes a lovely addition. You can also use white sugar but it will taste better with brown sugar.
  • Aromatic spices – cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, cardamom pods. You need to use whole spices and not ground spices. They will infuse wine with amazing flavor and won´t make it cloudy or gritty. You could use ground spices in a pinch but be careful and don´t add too much.
  • Brandy – is added to make the drink a little stronger, since a small amount of alcohol will evaporate during heating the wine and the drink is diluted with the other ingredients. You can omit it. I don’t like to add to much because the flavor of brandy can overpower aromatic mulled wine. You could also use white or dark rum (I prefer brandy for this drink).

How to make mulled white wine step by step

A collage of 4 photos showing how to prepare mulled white wine step by step.

STEP 1: Add white wine to a medium pot.

STEP 2: Squeeze out the juice from 1/2 orange, cut the other half into slices. Slice the lemon. Cut the vanilla bean in half lenghtwise and scrape out the seeds, reserve the remaining vanilla pod.

Add orange juice, orange and lemon slices, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, cloves, vanilla beans and pod, sugar, and honey to a medium pot (all the ingredients except brandy).

STEP 3: Cover the pot and heat the wine over lowest heat, for about 20-30 minutes, until very hot but not simmering or boiling (you can check the temperature with a thermometer, it should not exceed 167°F / 75°C).

STEP 4: Take the pot off the heat and add brandy (if using).

Ladle your mulled wine to heatproof glasses, serve warm.

Enjoy!

Storage

Strain the wine and keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. It tastes really good reheated. Don´t leave the spices for too long in the wine (not longer than overnight) or the wine may come out too spiced.

Two glassed with mulled white wine on a grey stone board. One glass is being held in a hand.

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Mulled White Wine

Mulled white wine may be less popular than mulled red wine but it´s equally delicious or maybe even better. White wine is spiced with aromatic spices, vanilla bean, oranges, and lemon. It´s so good you´ll want to sip on it all winter long!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 236kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry white wine
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 5 cloves
  • 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons brandy

Instructions

  • Squeeze out the juice from 1/2 orange, cut the other half into slices. Slice the lemon. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds, reserve the remaining vanilla pod.
  • Add orange juice, orange and lemon slices, white wine, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, cloves, vanilla beans and pod, sugar, and honey to a medium pot (all the ingredients except brandy).
  • Cover the pot and heat the wine over lowest heat, for about 20-30 minutes, until very hot but not simmering or boiling (you can check the temperature with a thermometer, it should not exceed 167°F / 75°C).
  • Take the pot off the heat and add brandy (if using).
  • Ladle your mulled wine to heatproof glasses, serve warm.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can also warm up the wine really quickly (but still, shouldn’t get too hot or the alcohol will evaporate!) and then leave it for 1-2 hours or even overnight (in the fridge) for the flavors to meld.
  • Brandy is added to make the drink a little stronger, since a small amount of alcohol will evaporate during heating the wine and the drink is diluted with the other ingredients. You can omit it. I don’t like to add to much because the flavor of brandy can overpower aromatic mulled wine.
  • Storage: Strain the wine and keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. It tastes really good reheated. Don´t leave the spices for too long in the wine (not longer than overnight) or the wine may come out too spiced.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course alcoholic bevarage, cocktail
Cuisine German
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
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