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Toast to Good Health with My Italian Style Mulled Wine Recipe aka Vin Brule! Easy mulled wine cocktail, batch cocktail for entertaining holiday guests. Made with vanilla, red wine, spices, orange zest & more #cocktailrecipe #cocktail #mulledwine #spicedwine #italianmulledwine #winecocktail #holidaycocktail #holiday #christmas #christmascocktail #vinbrule

Italian Style Mulled Wine

Toast to good health with this Italian style mulled wine recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 258 kcal


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 apple (I used pink lady)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves whole
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp freshly minced ginger
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 bottle of full bodied red wine
  • 1/2 fresh vanilla pod


  • To make Italian mulled wine, the key is to start with a flavored syrup. Place a large pot (I used this Dutch oven) on low-medium heat, then add sugar and enough wine to cover it, whisking as you go.
  • Once the sugar has melted into the wine, increase heat to medium-high and add lemon and orange zest (careful not to include any of the pith to avoid a bitter aftertaste), apple slices and spices. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil.
  • Once it’s boiling, stir often for about 8-10 minutes until the mixture becomes more like a syrup. After that, add the rest of the wine.
  • Before serving, remove the cloves, anise, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla pod. Serve in heat-safe glasses or mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 304mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cocktail, dessert recipe, easy recipe, holidays, mulled wine
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