Festive Holiday Hot Mulled Wine

Kyra Williams for The Upside Blog


When friends imbibe in hot mulled wine, it’s often said they feel a glow inside. No wonder it’s called glühwein in German, translating literally to “glow wine.” What a perfect way to describe this cozy cocktail! Hot mulled wine warms your body and spirit, is a delight to make and just feels right this time of year. Whether you’re taking a stroll in the winter woods, warming up after a snowball fight in the backyard or making merry at home with family and friends, this spiced winter cocktail will get you glowing with holiday cheer.

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Festive Holiday Hot Mulled Wine

Calories 817 kcal
Author Kyra Williams


  • 1 bottle 750 ml dry red wine
  • 1 orange sliced into rounds (plus additional for garnish)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks plus additional for garnish
  • 2 star anise plus additional for garnish
  • 2-4 Tbsp. honey to taste


  1. In large pot, combine wine, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and 2 Tbsp. honey. Stir together.
  2. Cook on medium-high heat until mixture begins to simmer; reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  3. Using strainer, remove orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey if desired.
  5. Serve in heat-proof glasses or mugs as is or garnish with orange peel, star anise and cinnamon.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Festive Holiday Hot Mulled Wine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 817 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 1190mg34%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 70mg85%
Calcium 206mg21%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams hasn’t always been fit. She used to be quite the opposite, in fact. During her college years, she lived on pizza and beer and packed on an unhealthy amount of pounds, due to total inactivity. One day, something clicked, and Kyra knew it was time to lose the weight. Since that time, she’s fallen so in love with fitness that she’s made it her life’s work to help others to make the changes they need to become fit, active and healthy.

Kyra is a self-employed, NASM-certified online personal trainer and nutrition expert, Crossfit Level One Trainer, USA Weightlifting and USA Powerlifting Coach, and she’s helped women all over the world through her online training services and training programs. For more info or to connect with Kyra, visit kyrawilliamsfitness.com.