Mulled wine, spiced wine, Glühwein, vin chaud or glögg – whatever you choose to call it, this spiced and sweet holiday drink is a great way to add a special festive touch to your holiday celebrations! For us, mulled wine is a family favorite that is often found warming up our holiday gatherings.
Our favorite variety is closest to the French vin chaud which features orange and cinnamon as the main flavor enhancers. This year, I’m creating a non-alcoholic mulled red wine recipe or a “mocktail” version so that all our guests will be able to enjoy this special treat this season.
Have you had mulled red wine before? The exact origin of this noted European tradition is unknown, but in modern times, this holiday drink primarily served around Thanksgiving and Christmas is enjoyed around the world.
The simple recipe I created uses only three ingredients but delivers a wonderful punch of flavor! Each glass (based on estimated serving of 10) costs around 50-60 cents per glass (depending upon seasonal price of oranges.) All of the ingredients should be easily found at your local grocer, though do note that the sparkling grape juice is a seasonal product and sometimes products vary by location.
Non-Alcoholic Mulled Red Wine
2 bottles of Non-Alcoholic Red Grape Juice Cocktail
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced thin
In a large picture, add all ingredients. Allow mixture to sit overnight (ideally for 12 hours.)
The carbonation from the sparkling red grape juice will help infuse the flavors of orange and cinnamon into the non-alcoholic mulled wine as the carbonation dissipates overnight.
If you wish to serve chilled:
Remove from refrigerator and remove and set aside cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Pour chilled mulled wine into glasses, top with an orange slice and serve. Use cinnamon sticks as a garnish or discard.
If you wish to serve warm:
Remove from refrigerator and pour chilled mulled wine (including cinnamon sticks and oranges) into a large saucepan. Over medium heat, heat all ingredients until warm.
Remove from heat and remove and set aside cinnamon sticks and orange slices. Pour chilled mulled wine into glasses, top with an orange slice and serve. Use cinnamon sticks as a garnish or discard.
Feel free to experiment with this recipe a bit by adding in small quantities of additional flavor notes like lemon, nutmeg, anise, clove, sage, lavender, mint, ginger, raisins, or honey.
Serve your non-alcoholic mulled red wine by itself or with any holiday fare including cheese and crackers or a few sweet treats. I paired mine with gluten free brownies and must say, it’s a fabulous pairing, well worth celebrating!
Do you have a special recipe you’ve adapted for your guests during the holidays?