Mulled Wine

Vin Brulé (Mulled Wine)

The chill of winter often makes us seek comfort in the form of warm, inviting foods and drinks. This desire for warmth and solace takes me back to a magical winter night I experienced in the heart of Italy, amidst the charming chaos of Rome, the Eternal City.

Imagine with me, if you will, a narrow cobbled street, the buildings on either side a testament to centuries of history. As the night sets in and the winter air grows cooler, locals and visitors alike retreat into the numerous cafes and bars that line the street. The atmosphere within these establishments is a comforting contrast to the winter cold outside – the warm glow of the lights, the soft hum of conversations, and the clinking of glassware, all creating an ambiance that is as comforting as it is vibrant.

It was in one such charming Roman bar that I was introduced to an exquisite Italian winter warmer – Vin Brulé, also known as mulled wine. The bartender, a jovial Roman with a twinkle in his eye, brought over a steaming glass of this deep red concoction. The aroma was intoxicating – a combination of robust red wine, sweet citrus, and warming spices like cloves and cinnamon. A single sip was enough to drive the winter chill away, warming me from the inside out with its bold flavors and slight alcohol warmth.

Vin Brulé is a cherished winter tradition in Italy, particularly in the northern regions, and is often served during Christmas markets and winter festivals. It’s the perfect beverage to warm your hands and your spirit on a chilly winter evening. Now, let’s bring this Italian winter warmth to your home!

Mulled Wine

Vin Brulé (Mulled Wine)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 bottle full-bodied red wine
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 100 g sugar or to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg


  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  • Heat the mixture over low heat until it is hot but not boiling. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Strain the mulled wine and serve it hot in mugs or heatproof glasses.
Keyword drink, wine, winter

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