Vin Brulé – Mulled Red Wine

Mulled Red Wine: a soothing warm wine recipe that stands the test of time.

mulled red wine recipe


Vin Brulé

Imagine drinking like the Romans drank. No, I’m not referring to their raucous parties (don’t let that stop you, though!), but to how they kept warm in the winter. Each year on March 3rd we celebrate National Mulled Wine Day, and are reminded exactly how long winter lasts. Head over to our article to read more about the history of mulled wine and how different countries drink it. Our favorite mulled red wine recipe is below, but if you’re curious to try a white wine version, we’d highly suggest it!

If you love this cocktail, check out our full cocktail library or our YouTube Craft Cocktail Making playlist for home mixology lessons as you make your drink.

Let’s Get Stirrin’

Serves: 2-3

Special Tools: thick-based sauce pan, whisk, ladle

Difficulty: Moderate


1 bottle of red wine of choice
1 orange
1 lemon
2 anise stars
2 sticks cinnamon
2 cloves
2 cardamom seeds
1 cup sugar
6 oz. Apple brandy

  1. Remove the citrus rinds taking care to leave the white pith of the fruit which is quite bitter.
  2. Add the rinds, spices, and sugar and bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  3. Once heated through allow the wine to rest covered giving the spices time to steep.
  4. After 30 minutes, add the brandy. Then strain and serve.

Uncommon Goods has our favorite collection of handmade mugs to sip this cozy Winter Warmer out of. Although, a clear toddy glass always delights me when drinking something this pretty. Which do you prefer?

Suzanne making a sour face wondering if she'll like this cocktail
But will I like it?

Cocktail flavor profile

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well! So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well!
  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Spiritous
  • Refreshing
  • Complex/Funky/Unique

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