Mulled Wine ( Vin Brulé )

Mulled Wine or Vin Brulé is a popular winter drink in Italy especially around the holidays.

This mulled wine is commonly served at Christmas markets in Italy. At Markets in Italy, this mulled wine is often served with a shot of brandy or rum. Guaranteed to keep you warm on a cold night, it’s also great to make at home for yourself and guests at parties and gatherings.

This recipe is courtesy of Giallo Zafferano Italian Recipes. If you would like to add an extra kick to this recipe add a shot of brandy or rum to your cup right before you drink it.


  • • 1 cup (200 g) of sugar
  • • ½ fresh grated nutmeg
  • • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • • 8 cloves
  • • 1 orange and 1 lemon (untreated)
  • • 4 ½ cups (1 lt) of full-bodied red wine


  • Pour the sugar and the spices into a large steel frying pan. Add the citrus zests, peeled off with a peeler, trying to avoid as much as possible the bitter, white pith… pour the wine… and place it on the fire until it comes to a boil. Make sure that the sugar has dissolved, after that it’s time to ignite the wine. Use a burning long match to keep a safe distance… and wait until the flames go out by themselves. After sifting and ladling into mugs, your mulled wine is ready to be sipped.
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