This seasonal drink is one that will truly warm your heart...especially if you enjoy warm beverages. It kind of reminds me of sangria except with deep spicy flavors and a silky texture. Mulled Wine dates back all the way to the 2nd century (according to google) and was originally warmed wine but this version takes things over the top...it's like a mix between mulled wine and apple cider.
Spiced Mulled Wine is robust
The specific use of particular spices in this recipe is what gives it a certain uniqueness. Pure-pressed apple juice is one of those ingredients that makes a difference here and one that you should definitely seek out if at all possible. Cinnamon, star anise, ginger, and cloves are what gives this drink that spice that warms from inside out.
Can I use a different type of wine?
You'll definitely want to stick with a red wine here as it's what gives mulled wine that iconic look and flavor. I chose to go with one of my favorites because I often have it on hand and because I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! Now, I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination so I wouldn't be the person to recommend a good red alternative but what I can say is that if you like sweet reds, you'll probably like this one! Also, pretty much any red wine would work with this recipe..if you choose a different red and you prefer it a little more sweet, you can adjust the amount of brown sugar.
Spiced Mulled Wine made simple
Do you love recipes you can just set and forget? Me too! This is definitely one of those...all there is to do is throw all of the ingredients in a large pot and let the stove do the work. It's ready in 45 minutes and you can fancy it up any way you'd like!
Enjoy this Spiced Mulled Wine!Print
Spiced Mulled Wine has everything you need to warm up for the winter. Flavors of ginger, orange, and a bevy of spices create a most satisfying beverage.
1 bottle Simply Apple Juice (52 oz)
1 bottle Stella Rosa Black Wine (1.5 liter)
1 orange, sliced
1 tablespoon whole cloves
5 star anise, whole
¼ brown sugar, packed
3 cinnamon sticks
2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer on medium-low heat for 45 minutes. Be careful not to reduce the liquid, you should see small bubbles, not large ones.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes