The Best Mulled Spiced Wine Recipe

December 8, 2015

Hello decor8 readers, do you want to learn how to make mulled Christmas wine, which in Germany is called glühwein? But first, as the year draws to a close it’s time for me to say farewell to the readers of decor8. I started here two years ago with the little Food in Motion films and continued this year with monthly recipes. I’m happy and grateful I had the opportunity to share my passion for cooking, baking and food photography with you. You’ll still find me over on my blog. Okay, so onto the recipe!

The Best Mulled Spiced Wine Recipe

In many German towns you know that Christmas is on its way when the scent of spices, roasted almonds and baked waffles floats through the streets. People visit the Christmas markets and enjoy the lights and decoration, food, sweets, seasonal knick-knacks and especially the mulled wine. I enjoy making it myself, because I love smelling cardamom, anise, cinnamon, oranges and red wine in my house and don’t really like the commercial mulled wine which you can buy ready-made. Just make sure you don’t use the cheapest bottle you can find – a wine you would drink with dinner is the kind of wine to mull.

The Best Mulled Spiced Wine Recipe

The Best Mulled Spiced Wine Recipe

This year I had friends over for the second Advent weekend. My house was filled with the voices of eight kids and ten adults all chatting along and exchanging news and stories from the past months. The fire was crackling and candles lit the house. And although it was noisy and merry most of the time, all of the sudden it went very quiet as the kids gathered around a friend who read some Christmas stories. What a special moment! And what a beautiful gathering it was to celebrate the festive season. I’m very much looking forward to the time between Christmas and the new year — there’ll be time to wind down, recharge the batteries and spend quality time with the family.

Mulled Christmas Wine
3 sticks of cinnamon
3 anise stars
6 cardamom pods
a handful of almonds
100 g sugar
1 bottle of red wine
1 orange (organic), unpeeled and sliced

Combine the cinnamon, star anise, almonds, cardamom and sugar in a pot. Pour in just enough wine so that everything is covered. Heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rest of the wine, orange slices and heat it up. The wine should not boil. When hot, pour into mugs and enjoy.

I wish you a merry Christmas and lift my cup of mulled wine to toast you. Cheers! – Lisa

Editor’s Note – I’d like to say goodbye to Lisa, who writes this beautiful cooking column. She’s been with us for a few years, starting with a series of Food in Motion films and then continued this year with monthly recipes. For 2016 we are adding new writers and seek to provide new opportunities for other talented creatives who want to connect with our audience and since Lisa is so busy, it seemed a good time to move on. Lisa has now become quite a success story with her books and I’m so proud of her, and wish her nothing but continued success.

(images/recipe/text: Lisa Nieschlag)


  • Reply Linn December 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    I just love the photos in this post – it gives you such a cozy winter feeling! And the mulled wine sounds really good as well, I have to try Lisa’s recipe.

  • Reply Michelle December 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Looks like just the warm bevvy we will have to make for sky-gazing the geminids this upcoming weekend!

  • Reply megan | honey we're home December 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Enjoyed sharing your vision. Can almost smell the cinnamon. Beautiful pictures!!!

  • Reply Deb Carr December 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    This looks so beautiful, here in Australia we have a hot …really hot…Christmas Season, but I’m still going to make this even it the temperature reaches 40 degrees C. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Stephie December 9, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Oh I love Glühwein. Had three of them already this year. Thats a thing I really like about the cold days: the Christmasmarkets here in Germany. I meet friends, have a nice hot Glühwein and chat a bit in the cold.

    Thank you for recipe – never tried to make one my own!


  • Reply Mike Scott December 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I’m intrigued, but it seems like this would be really strong (strong spice flavor, not strong alcohol-wise). Are the individual glasses actually supposed to be that full of ingredients or was that just for pictures?

  • Reply Sera @ Caramel Crew December 14, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful way to make homemade mulled wine – each year I do it with a new recipe and I think I just found the one for this Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply mel December 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Oh Lisa I will miss you – but I know where to find you:) You painted a beautiful picture of Christmas here… and mulled wine oh how I remember the glühwein stalls when I did the season in Austria. I will honestly drink it at Christmas time over here in the summer, just because. Thank you for your beautiful recipes, stunning photos and a touch of your lovely warm life. Big hugs, Mel x

  • Reply Adrienne @ craftylittlegnome December 18, 2015 at 8:46 am

    mmmm… this looks good. Beautiful photography too.

  • Reply Judit Gueth January 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ll have to try these ingredients. Usually, I use honey, cinnamon, cloves and orange slices to make my mulled wine.

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