Mulled Wine & More Winter Warmers


I’ve been making mulled wine for years now. Especially on days when we are snowed in.

In France, they call it vin chaud. {Literally, hot wine.We had a two-day {by design!} layover in Paris on our way home from Italy on our Honeymoon right around Halloween in 2010. We saw vin chaud advertised outside of cafés everywhere. It was the perfect comfort after walking the city in the chilly weather.

Vin Chaud & Espresso

Vin Chaud & Espresso at a cafe in Paris

This time of year, it’s especially festive, too.

There is really no way to go wrong making a mulled wine. There are hundreds of recipes. If you skim through a dozen, you come to realize that the basic ingredients are the same or similar and you can just tweak them to your liking.

Over the years, I’ve collected a few recipes for mulled wine and other winter warmers. For that reason, I can’t tell you where I got them and I apologize that I can’t give credit where it’s due. In any case, here are a few favorites:

Clarence’s Mulled Wine

2 bottles red wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
4 sticks cinnamon
5 whole cloves
1 orange
1 lemon

Zest the fruit, avoiding the white pith. Put this, the sugar, cinnamon and cloves into the water. Bring this to a slow boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Now add the wine. Add in the actual orange and lemon fruit part, sliced up. Warm this on low heat for 40 minutes (do NOT boil). Strain out the wine and serve!


Vin Brûlé

“This winter-evening cheer offers a bonus before & after drinking.  When touched with a match, it bursts briefly into a tall blue flame – worth extinguishing the lights for.  And the French say this grateful potion is better than aspirin to ward off the grip of cold as well as the night chill. Serves 4.”

Place the following a in a saucepan, covered over high heat:

  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • Peel of one orange
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar

When the mixture comes to a boil, uncover and ignite.  When the flame has died down, remove mixture from heat and ladle at once into mugs.


Hot Pineapple Wine Punch

1 (46 oz) can unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 1/4 c. dry white wine
Cinnamon sticks (optional)

Combine pineapple juice, sugar, lime juice and nutmeg in large pot, mixing well. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and stir in wine. Simmer until thoroughly heated. At this point, you can move to a crock pot to stay warm. Serve with cinnamon sticks, if desired.


Okay, so this last one isn’t a wine warmer, but it is one I’ve been meaning to make for years. It sounds love since I just adore raspberries. It was stuck together with my list of winter wine warmers, so I just had to include it. Let me know what you think if you give it a try!

Raspberry Liqueur

  • 3 bags frozen strawberries
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy

Take frozen raspberries, unsweetened, and place them in a bowl with one bottle of dry red wine. Let sit for a day or two. Strain the wine into a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and bring the mixture to a boil. Let simmer twenty minutes or so, until it thickens. Let cool. Add brandy. Bottle or serve. Lasts one year refrigerated. 

Makes a great gift!

What is your favorite winter warmer or holiday beverage and why?

Is there a tradition behind it?

Happy Holidays~



7 responses »

  1. Every time I hear mulled wine, I think of the scene in It’s A Wonderful Life when Clarence orders a drink . . .

    “I was just thinking of a flaming rum punch. No, it’s not cold enough for that. Not nearly cold enough . . . Wait a minute . . . wait a minute . . . I got it. Mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves. Off with you, me lad, and be lively!”

    I am not sure I’ve ever had mulled or hot wines before – I’ll need to try it!

  2. Mulled wine is delish! Cant wait to try the recipes! I made the Raspberry Liqueur one year. It was phenominal! Great article (as always) Carrie!

  3. I just started learning about making drinks like this. The wine sounds very interesting. But I especially would like to try that raspberry liqueur. Merry Christmas!

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