Recipe: Holiday Mulled Wine

Mulled wine, or Glogg as it’s also called, has been around for a long time and everyone has their own version, myself included. At this time of the year when people in many homes are in a festive mood and serve alcohol, it’s nice to have a non-alcohol alternative (though the alcohol has evaporated, it’s not recommended for alcoholics). Mulled wine, if you’ve never tried it, is a warm drink that warms your body and your spirit and makes a merry alternative to alcohol. Another benefit is that the aroma of the wine and spice make the house seem cozy and warm. Mulled wine was Clarence the Angel’s choice drink in It’s a Wonderful Life. It was good enough for Clarence and it’s good enough for me, too!

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine


1 bottle (750 ml.) red wine

1 bay leaf

Orange peel from ½ an orange

2 black peppercorns

8-10 whole cloves

4 tablespoons agave nectar


Use a potato peel to get the peel from ½ an orange.

Bring the wine just to a simmer; do not boil. Add the orange peel, the bay leaf, the peppercorns the cloves, and the agave. Simmer 15 minutes. Strain and serve.

Happy Holidays!