The Best Hot Mulled Wine Recipe

The best Danish hot mulled wine recipe (similar to hot German gluhwein)

This recipe is definitely only for grandmothers and not grandkids, unless your grandchildren have grown up.  After struggling for years to find the best hot mulled wine recipe a Danish friend of mine gave me this one.  The recipe was passed down from her grandmother in Denmark and remains, in our opinion, the best hot mulled wine recipe in the world.  If you disagree please email

To make the hot mulled wine recipe you first need to make the extract, ideally this is made at least 48 hours in advance of drinking the mulled wine. 

Ingredients to make hot mulled wine extract

• 1 litre of water
• 2 lemons
• 3 oranges
• 12 cinnamon sticks
• 5 cloves
• 40g of ginger
• 5g of cardamom
• 2 star anise
• 300g dark sugar
• 300g syrup

How to make hot mulled wine extract

• Cut the fruit into wedges and the put all of the ingredients into a big saucepan.
• Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat immediately, then put somewhere cool for 48 hours
• Drain the mulled wine extract and bottle (keep in fridge)

Ingredients to make hot mulled wine

• ¼ litre of hot mulled wine extract (shown above and made at least 48 hours in advance)
• 1 litre of red wine
• 100ml of port
• sugar to taste

Instead of port you could add 100ml of either schnapps or cherry wine.  This helps make a mulled wine drink which is closer to traditional hot German gluhwein (German Gluvine).

How to make the best hot mulled wine

• Mix the above ingredients together in a big saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer (do not boil)
• You have now made the grandma’s best Danish hot mulled wine

Serving your hot mulled wine in style

To create that special occasion we often serve the hot mulled wine with slices of orange and lemon.   If your friends have a particularly sweet tooth then you may wish to leave a bowl of sugar on the table to allow your guests to make their hot mulled wine a little bit sweeter.

If you are serving the hot mulled wine in glasses rather than mugs, then ensure that they are strong enough for the task.

Now enjoy the best hot mulled wine in the world (in our opinion) !!!

Danish hot mulled wine or German hot gluhwein (German gluvine), what do you think?

The team at granniesunited prefer this Danish hot mulled wine recipe to the more widely known German Gluhwein (German gluvine) recipe, but if you disagree please contact us at


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