Mulled White Wine Recipe

Mulled White Wine Is Our New Favorite Holiday Drink!

If you are searching for a newer twist on a classic holiday drink, mulled white wine is for you!

Loaded with all those yummy spices and citrus undertones we’re used to in traditional mulled red wine, mulled white wine is definitely worth the effort!

glass of german mulled white wine with oranges and cinnamon sticks around
One glass of mulled white wine – coming right up!

To be honest, white mulled wine isn’t necessarily a new recipe. However, it is somewhat of a new phenomenon at the German Christmas markets (in Germany).

You’ll definitely find the classic German mulled wine done with traditional red wine. However, a version with white wine is something we’ve just come to love over the last few years. Needless to say, we really like both versions since they are so different.

Looking for more holiday recipes? Try our vanilla crescent cookies and German rum balls!

two glasses of mulled white wine on white table with cinnamon
Mulled white wine goes excellent with lots of citrus – lemons and oranges, mainly!

Of course, there are many different variations of mulled white wine. Like with traditional mulled wine, some recipes add extra alcohol like rum or Grand Marnier (for the citrus flavor).

There are also other fruits you can add such as apples or cranberries. We just added citrus slices and classic spices like whole cinnamon sticks and we think it’s great just like that!

two glasses of mulled white wine with cinnamon sticks around
If you like white wine – mulled white wine is a must-try.

As for heating the wine, we just do it on the stovetop but you could also do it in the slow cooker.

Whatever heating method you choose, just make sure the wine doesn’t boil, or else you will lose some of the precious alcohol.

When picking a white wine, we’d suggest a decent quality white wine that is on the drier end.

Remember, you taste the wine as the base of the drink so if it’s cheap wine you’ll taste it… no matter how much sugar and spice you add!

glass of mulled white wine with oranges and cinnamon sticks around

Mulled White Wine

A twist on traditional German Glühwein, Mulled White Wine is light and refreshing – but still packed with holiday spices and warmth. Made from white wine instead of red, this mulled wine recipe has hints of citrus as well as cinnamon, and makes for the perfect holiday drink!  
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 3 glasses


  • 1 bottle dry white wine, 750 ml
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 organic orange
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons rum, optional
  • star anise, optional


  • Wash and cut the orange and lemon. You can set aside a few slices for decoration.
  • Add the wine, fruit slices, cinnamon, orange juice, cloves, sugar, rum (optional), and star anise (optional) to a medium-sized pot.
  • Heat the wine on low heat for around 45 minutes. It’s important that the wine doesn’t come to a boil or else this will evaporate the alcohol. Give the mixture a stir occasionally.
  • Before serving, taste the mulled wine and add more sugar to taste. Pour the mulled wine through a sifter before serving. You can garnish the wine glasses with those extra citrus slices and a cinnamon stick (optional) before serving.


  • Again, remember to not let the wine boil, or else you will boil off the alcohol content. A slow and steady warming is best!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

Course Drinks
Cuisine German
Author Recipes From Europe
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