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Make the Best Mulled Wine to Warm Up this Winter - an authentic recipe from France!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

This amazing Mulled Wine recipe is something I learned to make from my good Alsatian friend while I lived in Strasbourg, France. She has been making this mulled wine recipe every year for the past 30 years or so!!!

A bit of history:

  1. The Strasbourg Christmas market (Christkindelsm√§rikis the oldest (since 1570) and most famous of all Christmas markets in Europe, all thanks to its size, location and the many wonders it has to offer. Many people throughout Europe travel great distances to come and see this one of a kind Alsatian tradition.  This wonderful event is known for the many things it has to offer during the winter holiday season. Young and old will love strolling from stand to stand, enjoying spice bread, bretzels, pastries, and mulled wine. Choose from a huge selection of tinsels, Christmas baubles and other beautiful trimmings to decorate your Christmas tree.  There is something for every taste! And on Place Kleber, everyone gathers around the dazzling and impressive traditional Christmas Tree lit up every year!




I had the most amazing experience while I lived in Strasbourg to stroll on many nights during this beautiful Christmas market while sipping red or white mulled wine in my hand and marveling at the artinasanal arts and crafts.

So, now that you have a bit of history from where I got this wonderful mulled wine recipe, we can continue onto the best part: making it:)!


  • 1l of strong black tea 
  • 4 (750ml) bottles of red wine - Bourgogne or Bordeaux simple table wine
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 oranges
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • about a dozen whole cloves
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 100-200g unrefined brown sugar
  • orange slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish - optional


Note: Obviously this will make a lot of wine, but feel free to use only 1 (750ml) bottle of wine with the appropriate proportions of the other ingredients. 


  1. The night before, cut up the 3 lemons and 4 oranges with skin on, and in a bowl mix all with 200g raw sugar. Leave fruits to soak and infuse overnight.
  2. In a large saucepan, make the tea (1l).
  3. To the tea, add your spices: cinammon cloves, star anise, and the fruits from the night before.
  4. To the above mixture add 100-200g of brown sugar, then the wine. You want to bring the mixture to just under a simmer over the lowest heat setting until the wine is hot and steamy. Do not allow the wine to boil.
  5. Serve hot in heatproof glasses with a slice of orange and cinnamon stick on the side for decoration.

Even if you don't like wine, you will love sipping mulled wine and warming up with this delicious recipe over the holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: This post has been written by Stella V.

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