German Mulled White Wine

This German Mulled White Wine recipe is spicy, citrusy and smells divine. It’s a traditional mulled wine recipe that’s simmered on the stove or in a slow cooker that I got from a friend while she was living in Germany. Worth it.

three mugs filled with german spiced wine with pot of wine on side

I’m becoming one of those annoying people. I fixate on recipes until I have them in my greedy little hands, and will harass you until I get it.

An example, this white mulled wine recipe. If I eat or drink something incredible at your house, there is a better than good chance I’m going to ask you for the recipe and share it here. (You’ve been warned.)

I recently visited my sweet friend Lynn. When we got there, you were immediately hit in the face with the most incredible smell. Spicy and citrusy – the whole house smelled like a hug. I found out that it was her famous mulled wine. One sip in, a new obsession of mine began and it has been mulled wine all the time since.

You guys, I borderline stalked her for this recipe. I’m not proud. And I am so thankful that she still talks to me after I harassed her so much. They lived in Germany for a few years and she got this recipe from a restaurant there.

And then weirdly, we moved to Germany and I got to drink it many times at the many markets we went to.

three mugs filled with german spiced wine with pot of wine on side

What is Gluhwein?

Gluhwein is a spiced wine made by simmering wine with mulling spices and sometimes raisins. It usually feature red wine, but I like the white wine approach.

I normally would never have even taken a sip. I stay away from really sweet drinks (because hangover), but this is not too sweet. It is a little sweet, but not cloying, and has a lot of bright notes from the citrus. As you can tell she has played with the recipe to get it just right.

Ingredients //

Simply gather together an orange, whole cloves, white wine, sugar, orange juice, lemon, cinnamon sticks, whole allspice and cardamom pods.

Make sure to have lemon slices, cinnamon sticks and fresh nutmeg for serving.

White Wine. When you are picking a wine for this mulled wine recipe, choose something that is dry and not sweet. I used Chateau St. Michelle and Zum Riesling. I would choose wines from Eastern Europe, and not American or New Zealand because those Rieslings tend to be really sweet.

Whole Spices. Whole spices provide a world of difference. It also makes it easy to scoop them out when you want to store leftovers. Ground spices would be too overpowering and bitter.

How to Make // The Steps

The most difficult part of this recipe is studding the orange with cloves. Once that’s done, all it takes is a gentle simmer on the stove or in a slow cooker.

simmering pot of german mulled wine with fresh citrus slices and cloves
  • Stud the orange with cloves. Slice in half.
  • Add wine, sugar and orange juice to a Dutch oven, large pot, or slow cooker.
  • Add studded orange, lemon and spices.
  • Simmer on very low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. If using a slow cooker, set on LOW for 2 hours.
simmering pot of german mulled wine with fresh citrus slices and cloves

What Makes This German Mulled White Wine So Good?

Let me assure you, this German mulled wine is seriously addicting (and dangerous). I make this throughout the Fall and Winter seasons because:

  • It strikes the right balance between tart, sweet and spice.
  • It is super cozy and comforting for those cold winter nights.
  • The cocktail easily serves a crowd at any holiday party or casual evening with friends.

Serving Suggestions

Simply ladle the mulled wine into mugs and serve with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick and a grating of fresh nutmeg.

three mugs filled with mulled white wine and garnished with citrus slices with pot of wine in background

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers //

I make a half batch when I make it (I’m on batch number 3), because it makes a lot. 6 liters of wine is no joke.

If I have any leftover, which I almost always do, I strain out the citrus and spices so that it doesn’t get bitter. Then, I keep it in a pitcher in the fridge and pour out a mug.

To reheat it gently, simply heat in 30-second increments in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. This is so the alcohol doesn’t cookout.

I was sipping on a mug while I was writing this post. It is so warming (my house is freezing all the time) and it is a nice little cool weather ritual.

Mulled white wine, otherwise known as a hug in a mug. Also, a delicious Christmas tree decorating beverage.

More Holiday Cocktail Recipes //

Originally published in December 2015, updated October 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!

three mugs filled with german spiced wine with pot of wine on side

Mulled White Wine

Yield: a lot! (10-12)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This German Mulled White Wine recipe is spicy and citrusy that's simmered on the stove or in the slow cooker for a cozy holiday cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 16 cloves
  • 6 liters white wine (I like dry Reisling. Auslese or a dry German wine is good.)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 8 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 14 whole allspice seeds
  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed

For serving:

  • lemon slices
  • cinnamon sticks
  • fresh nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Stud the orange with cloves. Slice in half.
  2. Add wine, sugar and orange juice to a Dutch oven, large pot, or slow cooker.
  3. Add studded orange, lemon, and spices.
  4. Simmer on very low heat, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes. If using slow cooker, set on LOW for 2 hours.
  5. Ladle into mugs and garnish with a lemon slice, cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg.

Notes

If I have any leftover, which I almost always do, I strain out the citrus and spices so that it doesn’t get bitter. Then, I keep it in a pitcher in the fridge and pour out a mug.

To reheat, simply heat in 30-second increments in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. This is so the alcohol doesn’t cookout.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Theresa

    Merry Christmas, Bree! My son lived in Berlin for 2 years and drank Gluhwein many times. Last Christmas we found a German market near us and sampled their Gluhwein. He was not impressed! Perhaps this will meet with his approval. Thank you for ‘stalking’ and sharing!
    PS – Thank you for adding a ‘Print” icon and other little tweaks. Your readers appreciate the extras!

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that he approves. That’s a lot of pressure! The picture of the recipe is the actual recipe a restaurant in Germany gave her. It’s authentic German. 🙂

  2. Lynn

    Bree! You are the best! I love that you are sharing this delicious recipe and speaking so kindly of me. You have become a welcome treat since we met. I take so much useable information from your weekly blog ~ it’s nice to return the favor.

    1. bakedbree

      YOU ARE! Thank you for sharing this with me. I will never not think of you when I am drinking it.

  3. Caitlin

    Mmmm. I just found your post looking for a specific white Gluhwein I had in Germany. I hope this is close, though I probably don’t remember it enough to know. Either way, I’m sure it’s fab. The place we had it in Germany served it in clear mugs and floated a slice of star fruit on the top. It was so festive! Can’t wait to treat my family to a different variety this holiday season 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Prost!

    1. bakedbree

      It is really good. I made my first batch on Halloween, it was heavenly.

  4. Rhonda

    Thank you for sharing, I fell in love this year with the White Gluhwein in Germany at the Christmas markets and wished I had bought more to tide me over for a few years, but this looks like a great recipe-can’t wait to try out and indulge in this version.

    1. bakedbree

      This came from a German Christmas market. I wish that I had a picture of Lynn’s actual recipe, it’s so cute and German. 🙂

  5. krazy2shop

    This sounds wonderful! One question, how many standard bottles (750 ml) of wine do you use in the half recipe? If I convert the 6 liters in the full recipe to 750 ml bottles that would mean 4 standard bottles in a half recipe to serve 5 -6. Seems like a lot of wine for 6 servings.

    1. bakedbree

      I eyeball it. I don’t really measure. But I would say at least 3 bottles.

  6. Terry

    Thanks so much for the recipe with variations. We had red and white at the Christmas market in Baden Baden and I really preferred the white. We also discovered Jagertea which is tea with rum!

    1. bakedbree

      That sounds like something I need to try.

  7. Aubri

    Thanks for the additional advice on which type of wines to use. I’ve been looking all over the web for help. I lived in Alsace, France for a year and one of my favorite things was the white mulled wine (vin chaud blanc) at the Christmas markets. So for my family this year (to ring in the new year) I am trying to recreate some I tried once with elder flower. I will definitely seek out a German Riesling instead of American/Australian (I wish they came in a box here) or keep my eye out for Auslese. Then for myself, to get through the rest of this hideous Utah winter I will certainly attempt your authentic German recipe. Thanks Bree!
    MULLED WHITE WINE WITH GINGER AND ELDERFLOWER – https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/12/15/recipes-for-mulled-wine/aHNAr77y1Rq1jcrEe1vY8N/story.html

    1. bakedbree

      I love Alsatian wines so much, you are so lucky!

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