German Mulled White Wine

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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

FAQ

What is the difference between Gluhwein and mulled wine?

Mulled wine is a hot spicy wine. Gluhwein is the german term for it. But they might not taste necessarily the same as there are so many recipes and spice combinations to choose from. Every family has their own version.

What is the best wine to use for German mulled wine?

Using a dry but rich wine with a hint of fruitiness is recommended to prepare mulled wine as you will be adding spices and fruit that will make the wine sweet. Also, don’t pick a wine that was aged in oak as this adds a sweet vanilla note to it.

What is the best food to serve alongside German mulled wine?

Having some food with your mulled wine is always a delight. But what goes well with your drink? A cheese fondue would be a great start. You can dip croutons, pretzels, meats, and much more. A charcuterie board is also great when paired with German mulled white wine. It’s an assortment of fruits, nuts, meats, crackers served on a board to give it a rustic feel.

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.

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

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

Mulled White Wine

bakedbree
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.
4.60 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course holiday
Cuisine German
Calories 151 kcal

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
 

  • 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 slow cooker, set on LOW for 2 hours.
  • Ladle into mugs and garnish with a lemon slice, cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg.

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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

Serving: 1gCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 11gSodium: 11mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7g
Keyword gluhwein, slow cooker, whole spices
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2 thoughts on “German Mulled White Wine”

    1. Hi Vasileia,

      Certainly! I just recommend straining out the citrus and spices so that it doesn’t get bitter. And reheat it gently, in 30-second increments in the microwave or over low heat on the stove. This is so the alcohol doesn’t cookout.

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