This easy vegan mulled wine has beautiful notes of citrus and spices to give your drink complex flavours in no time. Sit back and enjoy on a cold and cozy day.
In 20 minutes, you can be enjoying a drink to warm you up from the inside out. A mulled wine can transport you into a state of calm and give you holiday vibes in an instant.
It’s the perfect drink to share with others during the holiday season!
Is mulled wine suitable for vegans?
Making a mulled wine vegan comes down to what type of wine you use. It’s the wine that’s often the culprit, not the other ingredients that can make a mulled wine not vegan-friendly.
Some wines use animal-based products in processing wine. To learn more about it, read our in-depth guide on this topic.
So when you’re buying the wine, double-check the label and look to see if it says on it that it’s vegan. Sometimes the bottle will clearly state what fining agents they use to process the wine.
Sometimes it will also not specify. In that situation, I would err on the side of caution and assume that it’s not vegan unless you know the brand or have checked with the salesperson in the store to confirm otherwise.
We have also seen some mulled wine recipes that use honey as a sweetener, so this would be one other factor that would make mulled wine not vegan.
Does boiling mulled wine remove alcohol?
Yes, it will, well most of it. You would need to bring it up to 78 degrees Celcius (172 degrees Fahrenheit) to pretty much remove the majority of the alcohol. It would also concentrate the flavour, making it sweeter and more acidic.
However, this will change the taste of the drink and that’s not what we’re going for in a mulled wine. More on this below.
Can I make a non-alcoholic mulled wine?
If you want to have a non or low-alcoholic mulled wine, use a non-alcoholic base. We have tested it with a 0.5% wine and the flavours were different but still really nice.
The only thing that needs to be adjusted is the amount of sugar that is used from ½ cup to ¼ – ⅓ cup depending on how sweet your non-alcoholic wine is and your personal preference.
We would strongly suggest using a base that you would enjoy drinking, otherwise, the drink will be only as good as the bottle that you’ve picked to use for it.
What is in mulled wine?
What you find in a mulled wine will vary from recipe to recipe. However, you’ll see a combination of fruits (or berries) and whole spices.
In this recipe the fruits and spices used are:
- Orange peel and juice
- Lemon peel
- Star anise
- Vanilla pod
- Bay leaf
- Cinnamon quill
- Fresh ginger
What type of wine is best?
For mulled wine, the best wines are the full-bodied ones like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Grenache. These wines are dark and fruity, which is what we want in a mulled wine.
In saying that, any wine you enjoy drinking otherwise will be fine. Just make sure you don’t mix different varieties if making a bigger batch.
Keep in mind that the flavours will be reflected in the end result based on the wine you choose to use.
Tips for making this mulled wine
- You can use either normal vegan wine or a non-alcoholic wine for this recipe.
- When peeling the citrus, make sure you to avoid peeling the pith with it as this will give the wine a bitter taste.
- We have tested this recipe with Fuji and Pink Lady apples, and they both worked well. You can use any apple you like as long as it’s firm and crunchy. You don’t want a floury soft one to disintegrate in the drink.
- Cooking the wine with the citrus and spices at the beginning is crucial to get the most out of the ingredients. If you don’t do this step, the wine will not be as flavoursome.
- Make sure you don’t boil the wine when adding the larger amount into your pot as that will cook out the alcohol.
What should I top my mulled wine with to serve?
I dehydrated some apples, oranges, and lemons to decorate the drinks. However, this is purely decorative and totally unnecessary if you add chunks of the cooked apples inside the drink to enjoy as you drink the wine.
You can still top with some decorative elements like a cinnamon quill, star anise, or some freshly grated or peeled citrus.
But if you want to go all out, go ahead and dehydrate your own fruits in the oven or a dehydrator.
I won’t keep you in any more suspense. I hope you enjoy this mulled wine recipe as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Other holiday recipes you’ll love:
- Vanilla Espresso Martinis
- Tiramisu (Gluten-Free)
- Lentil Loaf With a Maple-Balsamic Glaze
- Spiced Roasted Pumpkin with Farro and Hummus
- Speculaas Cookies (Dutch Spiced Cookies)