Many mulled wine recipes call for apple cider, but not this Danish-style version. It uses just a bit of vodka with the usual red wine and adds warm sweet flavors from cinnamon, brown sugar, and cardamom.

Emily Teel



  • In a large jar or pitcher, combine wine, vodka, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, orange zest, and cloves. Cover; let stand at room temperature 8 hours or overnight.

  • To serve, warm mixture over medium-low 15 to 20 minutes or until steaming (do not boil); strain. If desired, add raisins and/or slivered almonds and serve with additional cinnamon sticks. Serves 8.


If you are in a time crunch, you can skip the overnight standing time, for a nearly as good a result.

Nutrition Facts

165 calories; 0 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 8 mg sodium. 139 mg potassium; 16 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 0 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 6 IU vitamin a; 1 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 1 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 21 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;