The days are growing chilly and the holidays are ahead, and that calls for warm, comfort foods. But what about drinks? Hot beverages such as apple cider, hot chocolate, and mulled white wine can be so soothing as they warm up your insides. Check out this spiced wine recipe with mulling spices that is great for picnics and tailgate parties all season long!
Heading out on a picnic can be so romantic, especially during warmer days in the fall and winter. It’s a good idea to take along a warm drink, such as simple mulled wine. Recipes are truly easy to make all sorts of mulled wine. Slow cookers can be used to make it, especially when you are using a mulled wine mix.
If you are searching for a mulled wine recipe for a crowd, this one will suffice. There are instructions at the end on how to make this mulled wine recipe easy for several people. Great ready for a tasty, warm drink no matter where you choose to enjoy it!
Spiced Wine Recipe with Mulling Spices
Of course, you can purchase a mulled wine mix, but oftentimes those are not as economical as purchasing your own mulled wine spices and making your own mulling spices to add to wine. There is a bit of a twist with this recipe, too, as it’s not just a homemade mulled wine mix and wine – there is apple cider, too. Take a peek at the ingredients for this traditional mulled wine recipe below.
Mulled Wine Recipe with Merlot (for 2 people)
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup merlot (use white wine for mulled white wine)
- cinnamon stick
- 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 3 mandarin orange sections (or 3 orange slices)
- 1/8 of an apple, sliced
- light brown sugar to taste (optional – 1/8 cup is best)
The above recipe can also be adapted to fit a particular thermos for picnicking. If you choose to do this, the proportion is 1 part cider to 1 part wine. Also, for the sugar, do it to taste, if you like sweet add more. You don’t really need to add any at all to this German Christmas wine.
You can even make mulled white wine as an option. All photos by Demi Mabry Photography.
Making a German Mulled Wine Recipe
This mulled wine recipe was made in a thermos, so we will teach you how to do the same!
- Heat up the apple cider to boiling using either a pot on the stovetop or the microwave.
- Pour into the thermos.
- Add in your cinnamon stick, spices, fruit, and sugar.
- Pour the wine (room temperature or warmer) into the thermos to top it off.
- Seal the thermos tightly, and get ready to go! Enjoy whenever you’d like.
Mulled Wine Recipe – Easy Adaptations
There are several changes you can make to the recipe above, and tweaking it to your liking will come over time. Here are a few recommendations for making your own spiced wine recipe.
- You can use just about any wine, but I’d recommend one that isn’t too sweet to balance the flavors. You can make this mulled wine recipe with merlot, or you can choose to make mulled white wine. The true tastes of the season come through with the spices, so the type of wine is up to you!
- On holidays it’s really easy to make mulled wine. Slow cookers can really come in handy on those days, especially if you need a mulled wine recipe for a crowd. Again, just use the proportions of 1 part cider to 1 part wine and add in the other flavors in the proportions you’d like. The best place to make mulled wine? Crockpot, of course!
Putting your German Christmas wine in a thermos is perfect for picnics!
About German Christmas Wine
Did you catch the terms “German Christmas wine” and “German mulled wine recipe” above? The true term is “Gluwhein” and both Germany and France use a traditional mulled wine recipe to make hearty drinks in the winter. People all over Europe enjoy this simple mulled wine recipe, and now you can make it, too!
Will you make this traditional mulled wine recipe?
Whether you choose to make our own mulled wine spices or buy a mulled wine mix, the chilly weather really is perfect for spiced wine! Recipe ideas can be adapted to your liking, and you can make a mulled wine recipe with merlot or mulled white wine. Slow cooker recipes are perfect for long holidays, but no matter how you make it, I hope that this spiced wine recipe with mulling spices is one that you enjoy making!