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Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine

5 from 6 votes
Published on 06/29/2024 by Umamiology
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This Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine recipe brings you the warmth and comfort of a delicious wine cocktail made by heating red wine with a blend of spices and citrus flavors. It’s the perfect glass to have by a warm fireplace, listening to your favorite holiday songs.

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Mulled wine is a timeless winter delight that warms both body and spirit, making it a staple of holiday celebrations and cozy evenings by the fire. This aromatic drink is made by gently simmering red wine with a blend of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, along with citrus fruits for that slight hint of sweetness.

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With my citrus vanilla mulled wine recipe, you’ll get that rich & fragrant drink that often evokes memories of holiday gatherings and cheerful moments. Serve it at your next Thanksgiving or Christmas party or enjoy it in the comfort of your home, during the cold winter months!

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What Is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine is a warm spiced beverage made by simmering robust red wine with aromatic spices like whole nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves – with fresh citrus, like navel oranges.

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In my opinion, my Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine is the best version of this drink and it fills your home with a cozy, festive aroma – creating a comfy, holiday atmosphere for your friends and family.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Mulled Wine Recipe

  • Feels Like The Holidays: Nothing exudes the feeling of the holidays like a hot, steaming cup of mulled wine.
  • Warm & Soothing On Cold Nights: Not only is it warm but the spices impart a cozy, spicey flavor that just makes you feel toasty all over.
  • Simple & Easy To Make: This simple and straightforward mulled wine recipe can be made in less than 15 minutes.

Best Wine For Mulled Wine

The best wine to use for mulled wine is a dark and full bodied red wine. Common wines that are used are Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Zinfandels or Malbecs. These bolder red wines are perfect for maintaining their flavor profiles while coalescing with the fragrant spices that are mixed into this mulled wine.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Robust Red Wine: Any dark and full bodied red wine works with this recipe, like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel or malbec.
  • Fresh Citrus: In this recipe, we’ll be using fresh navel oranges.
  • Mulling Spices: These spices include, vanilla extract, star anise, nutmeg, etc.

The Ingredients for Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine

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The Equipment Needed

How To Make Mulled Wine

Making Mulled Wine is incredibly simple.

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Start by preparing your spices and slicing your orange.

Then in a stock pot, pour in your bottle of wine. Turn on the heat to low and allow the wine to come to a low simmer.

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Afterwards, add in your orange slices and your brown sugar.

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Follow that up with your cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla extract and ground clove – and give it a good stir overall.

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Next, turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible and simmer the wine, uncovered, for about 1 hour – stirring every 15 minutes. This hour of simmering is important for all of these complex flavors to infuse into the wine altogether.

Pro Tip: Do not let your mulled wine come to a boil – you are not cooking this wine, but rather just steeping your spices into it.

Lastly, remove from the heat and strain using a fine mesh strainer or carefully ladle just the wine into your serving glasses.

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Serve your mulled wine warm, in large coffee mugs and garnish with a slice of orange and/or cinnamon sticks.

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Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine

5 from 6 votes
This Citrus Vanilla Mulled Wine recipe brings you the warmth and comfort of a delicious wine cocktail made by heating red wine with a blend of spices and citrus flavors. It's the perfect glass to have by a warm fireplace, listening to your favorite holiday songs.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make Mulled Wine

  • Making Mulled Wine is incredibly simple.
  • Start by preparing your spices and slicing your orange.
  • Then in a stock pot, pour in your bottle of wine. Turn on the heat to low and allow the wine to come to a low simmer.
  • Afterwards, add in your orange slices and your brown sugar.
  • Follow that up with your cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla extract and ground clove – and give it a good stir, overall.
  • Next, turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible and simmer the wine, uncovered, for about 1 hour – stirring every 15 minutes. This hour of simmering is important for all of these complex flavors to infuse into the wine altogether.
  • Pro Tip: Do not let your mulled wine come to a boil – you are not cooking this wine, but rather just steeping your spices into it.
  • Lastly, remove from the heat and strain using a fine mesh strainer or carefully ladle just the wine into your serving glasses.
  • Serve your mulled wine warm, in large coffee mugs and garnish with a slice of orange and/or cinnamon sticks.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gTrans Fat: 0.01gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 182mgFiber: 4gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 94IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What is mulled wine?

Mulled wine is a warm spiced beverage made by simmering robust red wine with aromatic spices. These spices include whole nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves – with fresh citrus, like navel oranges.

What is the best wine for mulled wine?

The best wine to use for mulled wine is a dark and full bodied red wine. Common wines like Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Zinfandels or Malbecs are popular choices. These bolder red wines are perfect for maintaining their flavor profiles while coalescing with the fragrant spices that are mixed into this mulled wine.

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