Mulled Wine is the ultimate holiday drink! Made with spices, lemon, and orange, a glass of warm mulled wine will keep you nice and toasty on chilly winter evenings. This easy recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
Vegans don’t like to celebrate or have fun, right? Wrong! Vegans love food, drink and celebrating just as much as everyone else! Veganism isn’t about depravation at all, it’s about celebrating life – the life of all living creatures. And that's why I'm toasting the season with a glass of mulled wine!
Grab a bottle, gather some spices and make this mulled wine, which is perfect for celebrating the holidays with. I like to serve this tasty drink on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve – and sometimes just any random chilly winter's evening!
Is Wine Vegan?
You would think that all alcohol is vegan, but the truth is that some of it isn’t. Some beers and wines are filtered using gelatin or isinglass, which is the dried swim bladder of a fish.
There are many, many beers and wines that are vegan though, and the website Barnivore is a good site to check for info. There are so many different brands in the world that it’s impossible it keep a comprehensive list, so if you’re really worried, the best thing to do is ask the company.
Years ago, I met a wine rep who tried to tell me that all wine was non-vegan, so while most winemakers are now savvy to what's vegan and what isn't, there is still a learning curve.
How to Make Mulled Wine
I've seen packages of fancy mulling spices in some stores, but it's so easy to make your own!
- First you combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring the mixture up to a boil.
- Then you reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
- And you just strain and serve your mulled wine!
If you don't imbibe, you can use non-alcoholic wine or apple cider.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 lemon sliced
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 1 nutmeg cracked
- ¼ cup agave or maple syrup optional
- Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain and serve warm.