Mulled White Wine Recipe with Rum – A Spiced Winter Drink

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Mulled wine is a classic winter drink. It’s warm, comforting, and perfect for sipping by the fire. But if you don’t like red wine, this Mulled White Wine Recipe is what you need.

A touch of rum gives it a little extra flavor!

So if you’re looking for something to help you get through the cold weather, give this mulled wine recipe a try!

Two glasses filled with orange-colored mulled white wine, with slices of lemon, cinnamon sticks, and star anise in each glass. Apples, oranges, and spices surround the glasses as decoration. The text overlay says"Mulled White Wine". Similar photos of the recipe from various angles are used throughout with different text overlays unless otherwise described.

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Mulled White Wine Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

This mulled white wine recipe makes a lovely addition to the standard Christmas party beverage menu.

It’s perfect for serving to a crowd as you can keep it warm in a low-heat slow cooker, and serve directly from the pot.

This warming drink looks beautiful and tastes delicious – full of Christmas flavors like orange, cloves, and cinnamon.

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This mulled drink recipe is part of a full holiday menu that I’m sharing – which means you don’t have to go looking too far for a full meal to serve to family and friends!

You’ll find the whole menu below with the other recipes which include an appetizer, a main dish, two side dishes, and a dessert.

What is Mulled Wine?

Mulled wine, sometimes referred to as spiced wine, is a hot or warm alcoholic beverage that is typically created with red wine, various mulling spices, and occasionally raisins. There are also versions without alcohol – try our recipe for Non-Alcoholic Mulled Apple Cider.

It is a traditional beverage during the winter, particularly around Christmas. You’ll find it for sale at European Christmas Markets, which you can sip on as you look around the festive wares.

In Polish Christmas markets, where mulled wine is frequently used as a mixer, you can find mulled wine flavoured with vodka.

Glühwein is a favourite in German-speaking nations and the Alsace area of France. Its name, which loosely translates as “smoldering wine,” comes from the temperature at which the wine is heated. It is a customary libation served over the Christmas season.

If you want to learn more about mulled wine and different variations around the world, the Mulled Wine Wiki page is full of interesting info!

Ingredients for Mulled White Wine - a bottle of wine, rum, orange juice, a lemon, orange, and apple, and spices - cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, and cardamom.
Ingredients for Mulled White Wine

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceApples, Oranges, Lemons
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Cardamom Pods
  • Star Anise
  • Dry White Wine – use a wine that you enjoy drinking
  • Rum – use your preferred brand
  • Honeytry to buy locally-produced honey when possible.
  • Pure Maple Syrupbuy the good, 100% stuff, anything less is just made up of flavorings and corn syrup. You can use either honey or maple syrup in this recipe.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, that you can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, liters, etc.,).

What is the Best White Wine to Use for Mulled Wine?

I am by no means a wine expert, however, the best white wine to use for mulled wine, is one that you enjoy drinking!

We used a dry oak Chardonnay, but you could use a medium, medium-dry, or even sweet white wine if that is your preference – whether that is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Reisling, or Moscato, it will all be good.

Use quality wine; a cheap wine will only degrade everyone’s taste buds. There is a place and time for expensive wine, and mulled wine is not one of them! Use a moderately priced wine, and everything will go perfectly with your mulled beverage.

TIP! Why not use a box of white wine that won’t cost a fortune when preparing mulled wine for a crowd?

Two images - one of a pan simmering with wine, fruit and spices. And the other of glasses of mulled wine. Text overlay has the key Ingredients for Mulled White Wine - apples, oranges & lemons, dry white wine, rum, orange juice, maple syrup.

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Mulled White Wine with Rum

Mulled White Wine Recipe Tips

  • Storing Leftovers: Strain the mulled wine to remove the fruit and spices and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Do not refrigerate with the fruit and species as it will turn the drink bitter.
  • Freezing Instructions: Not suitable
  • With all leftovers, make sure it looks and smells okay before consuming.
Mulled White Wine Recipe with Rum

How Do I Make Mulled White Wine?

The printable recipe card below has the full ingredients list and instructions. To save ink, any demonstration photos on the card do not print out.

Mulled White Wine

Mulled White Wine

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

If you don't like red wine, this Mulled White Wine Recipe is what you need instead!

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle dry white wine such as an oaked chardonnay
  • ¼ cup rum
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 orange, juiced

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium, non-reactive pot.

    Adding Ingredients to Pot
  2. Place on medium-low heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer – be mindful of the heat as you don’t want to cook out the alcohol.

    Mulled White Wine Simmering in Pot
  3. Simmer the wine mixture for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  4. Serve in glasses and garnish with more fruit and spices. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 1g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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