Homemade Mulled Wine in 3 Easy Steps Smells like Christmas

A hot mug of mulled wine (Glühwein or vin chaud) is the perfect thing to warm you up at the Christmas market. But it is also simple to make at home and a festive way to entertain friends.

There are many variations and secret family recipes for making Glühwein. Have fun experimenting with the ingredients to find a combination that perfectly suits your tastes. If you're feeling generous, leave a comment below to let us in on your tips and tricks for brewing up the perfect mug of homemade Glühwein.



Hello Switzerland's Glühwein recipe


1 bottle red wine

½ orange, cut into slices

½ lemon, cut into slices

Fresh orange and lemon juice (about ¼ - ½ cup) squeezed from remaining unsliced fruit

4tbsp sugar

6 cloves – Some recipes also call for allspice, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, or fresh ginger. What is your favorite variation?

2 cinnamon sticks

Orange or lemon slices to decorate the mugs

Optional: If you want to kick it up a notch, add a splash (or two!) of kirsch, brandy, rum or triple sec.



Add juice, fruit, sugar and spices to a large saucepan. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved.


Pour in the wine and optional extra alcohol and heat at medium temperature. Be careful not to let it boil!


Strain the wine into a bowl. Serve hot, decorated with slices of lemon or orange.



Serves about 4

Author: Emma Baumhofer - Hello Switzerland

Emma Baumhofer is a freelance journalist and the Digital Manager at World Radio Switzerland. She was Content & Community Manager for Hello Switzerland from 2013 to 2015. Raised in California, she has studied and worked from several international cities, including San Francisco, New York, Melbourne, London, and now Bern. Her international travels inspire both her professional and private writing, where she draws on her passion for research and storytelling.

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