Mulled white wine

Easy and delicious mulled white wine with oranges, cinnamon, star anise and more.

5 from 2 reviews

Classic mulled white wine, made with a mix of citrus and spices, that will make your home smell like freshly baked gingerbread cookies. 


  • 750 ml (1 bottle) white wine
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • juice of 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup (110gwhite granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 organic orange, sliced
  • 1 organic lemon, sliced
  • about 10 cloves
  • 46 star anise
  • 46 cinnamon sticks
  • For serving: fresh citrus slices, cinnamon sticks


  1. Combine wine, water, orange juice, sugar and honey in a medium (non reactive) pot. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved, then add the rest of the ingredients. 
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for about 20 minutes over low-medium heat. Taste and add more spices or sugar, then remove from the heat and serve right away.


I normally make this with Pinot Grigio, but pick whatever you like. Something fruity is best, but nothing too expensive. You can make red mulled wine the same way as white.

Adjust the amount of sugar to your needs, you may need less or more. This depends on both the wine you use and your personal taste. You can use brown sugar, more honey or even maple syrup. 

You can use a variety of citrus, mandarin or clementine oranges are really great. If you want an apple twist, then try my apple mulled wine.

Although this wine is best served fresh, you can store it in the refrigerator overnight. Strain the mixture first, then transfer to an airtight jar. Reheat on the stove before serving. 

You can add brandy, rum or cognac to the wine right before serving, for an extra kick. 

Other popular spices you can use in the mix are vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom. 

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