A winter classic, this mulled wine is infused with cinnamon and all the delicious Christmas spices. I love serving it during the holiday season to warm up.
We may not speak the same language when it comes to mulled wine. Maybe you call it glühwein, vino caliente, vin chaud, Blaufrankish … or all the other ways it’s called in your country. Everyone all over the world enjoys this flavorful hot spiced wine.
It’s a tradition to have this drink during holidays, especially around Christmas. This is probably one of my favorite things to drink at a Christmas Market.
Just like we’re drinking sangria during Summer to chill, mulled wine is perfect for winter to warm up. It’s a delicious infused wine with spices, oranges, sugar, and sometimes a touch of brandy.
Mulled Wine Ingredients:
- Wine: Use any dry red wine (my favorite) or white wine. Don’t use the fanciest wine you have – any wine is good as long is low carb. Cabernet Sauvignon is my favorite, but you can use Merlot or Zinfandel.
- Oranges – Peel the oranges to avoid the bitter taste.
- Cinnamon – I used cinnamon sticks, but ground cinnamon works just as fine.
- Spices: whole cloves and star anise – Although a few cardamom pods would add incredible tase too.
- Sweetener – You can add your favorite sweetener to taste. For a low-carb and keto mulled wine, use Erythritol or Monk fruit.
- Liqueur (optional) – It’s common to boost the mulled wine with a touch of brandy or cognac.
How To Make Mulled Wine
- Combine – In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients.
- Bring to a boil just until it starts to bubble — simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes.
- Strain and serve – Strain out all the spices before drinking to enjoy the smooth taste and texture.
Carbs in Wine
Did you know that dry white and red wine have about 2 grams of carbs per standard serving of 5 oz?
Sweeter wines or dessert wine have four carbs for a serving. Those carbs come from unfermented sugar. You can read more about this topic here.
Well, that’s so cool because I didn’t know and avoided all the acholic drinks at the beginning of my journey. Although I only drink wine at extra special occasions because I feel it increases my cravings making me super hungry.
More Holiday Drink Recipes:
Homemade Mulled Wine – Winter Low Carb Drink
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine
- ½ orange peeled and sliced into rounds
- ¼ cup cranberries
- 8 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 star anise pods
- 2-4 tablespoons Erythritol or your desired sweetener
- optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy or your favorite liqueur
- Add the wine, orange slices, cranberries, cloves, cinnamon and sweetener into a medium pot. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Do not boil the wine. Simmer on a low temperature for 15 minutes
- Use a fine-mesh strainer to remove the orange slices and spices. Taste test and adjust the sweetness if desired.
- Pour in into glasses and serve.