This Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine is the perfect booze-free winter mocktail! The aroma of the warm spices and simmering ruby-red liquid instantly gets you into the holiday spirit. And it’s not just reserved for adults. It’s a cozy drink the whole family can enjoy together. Even the kids will love its delightfully sweet and subtly spiced flavor.
This mocktail is inspired by traditional mulled wine or spiced wine. A classic alcoholic drink that’s typically served warm in the wintertime, especially around the festive season. It can make chilly nights in front of the fire (or, in front of the TV watching Christmas movies) fantastically cozy.
It’s made by simmering red wine and a splash of brandy with various warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, and star anise.
But you don’t care much for alcohol, don’t drink at all, or are the designated driver, this non-alcoholic alternative is the perfect way to join in with the festivities alcohol-free. Pisst. I think it’s way better than the “real thing!“
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine is the perfect drink for this time of year! And here’s why. It’s:
- Full of festive flavor that captures the essence of the holiday season.
- Booze-free, making it great for kids and adults alike.
- The perfect addition to the Christmas dinner menu and Christmas parties.
- Seriously easy to make and incredibly delicious!
- Hangover-free! One of the best things about a zero-alcohol-content drink.
A virgin mulled wine is just as easy to make regular mulled wine, with ingredients readily available from your local grocery stores. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Grape Juice: I’m using 100% pure grape juice with no added sugar as the base of this mocktail. Yes, it contains natural sugars, but it’s also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Red or purple grape juice imparts that red wine vibe that we’re looking for.
- Apple Juice: Again, I’m using pure juice with no added sugar.
- Fresh Orange Slices: For its citrus flavor.
- Whole Spices and Ginger: My favorite spices for this non-alcoholic mulled wine recipe are a combination of cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and ginger. These mulling spices are the best way to make this delightful concoction close to resembling the regular version.
- Honey: For extra sweetness. You can also use maple syrup.
- Black Grapes: These are optional but great for extra flavor as they soak up the juice and spices.
These visual step-by-step instructions provide a quick overview of the recipe. The recipe card with the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions is at the end of this post. ⇩
How to make non alcoholic mulled wine in three simple steps:
STEP 1: In a large pot, combine the grape juice and apple juice over medium heat.
STEP 2: Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, pieces of fresh ginger, and grapes to the pot. Stir the mixture and bring to a simmer. Reduce to low heat and gently simmer for 20-25 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
STEP 3: Taste the mulled wine as it simmers and adjust the sweetness with honey. I add a tablespoon after about 20 minutes of simmering.
STEP 4: Remove the pot from heat and strain the mulled wine to remove the spices and fruit slices. Serve your non-alcoholic mulled wine in mugs or heatproof glasses. Garnish each serving with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, or a star anise pod if desired. Enjoy!
Avoid boiling: Boiling can cause the spices to release their essential oils too quickly and become bitter. A gentle simmer creates a perfectly balanced drink with a beautiful fragrance.
Don’t rush the simmering: Allow the mixture to simmer over low heat for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the spices and fruits to infuse their flavors gradually.
Keep it warm: If you’re serving mulled wine at a gathering, strain it at the end of the simmering time and return the liquid to the saucepan. Keep it warm on the stove or in a slow cooker to ensure everyone can enjoy it warm.
A note on safety: Make sure your non alcoholic mulled wine is at a safe temperature for children before serving.
- Grape Juice: If you prefer a different fruit flavor or grape juice isn’t available, cranberry juice or pomegranate juice are great options.
- Apple Juice: If you want to experiment with different fruit flavors, pear or white grape juice can work well instead of apple juice, and orange juice is fab if you like an even sweeter orange flavor.
- Orange Slices: For a different fruity twist, try other fresh fruit, like cranberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
- Honey: Swap with maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar.
- Red Wine Mulled Wine: For an alcohol-free version of mulled wine with a more distinct red wine flavor, you could swap out the fruit juice or just the grape juice with a non-alcoholic wine. Something like a zero-alcohol cabernet sauvignon works well.
- White Mulled Wine: Instead of red or purple, use white grape juice for a lighter and slightly different flavor combo. You can also use your favorite non-alcoholic white wine.
Storage and Reheating
- Refrigeration: Allow leftovers to cool to room temperature, then transfer to an airtight container or jug. Store the container in the fridge and use it within 3-4 days. Just remember, the strength of spices will develop over time.
- Reheating: Gently reheat your mulled wine on the stovetop over low to medium heat until it’s warm but not boiling. Avoid overheating, as it can ruin the flavor.
- Freezing: To store for an extended period, freeze in freezer-safe airtight containers or ice cube trays. Just leave some space at the top of the containers to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. Store for 3-6 months.
- Thawing: Defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
Fun Tip: Freeze in ice cube trays to create mulled wine ice cubes. Serve them in a glass with sparkling water for a refreshing non alcoholic mulled wine spritzer.
Grape juice is rich in antioxidants, including resveratrol, which may have heart-protective properties. [Source]
Oranges are an excellent source of carotenoids needed for healthy skin. [Source]
Cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar and reduce inflammation. [Source]
Cloves contain health-promoting antioxidants and antibacterial properties. [Source]
Ginger supports gut health and can reduce the feeling of nausea. [Source]
Honey has antimicrobial effects and may help soothe a sore throat. [Source]
It’s important to note that while non-alcoholic mulled wine contains ingredients that may offer potential health benefits, it should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced and varied diet.
Yes, you can prepare the mulled wine in advance and reheat it just before serving. With some extra time, the flavors meld together more beautifully. Just remove the spices before storing them so the drink doesn’t become bitter.
Absolutely! You can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a larger group. Simply adjust the quantities in the recipe card.
Absolutely! Non alcoholic mulled wine is a family-friendly beverage that both children and adults can enjoy. Be sure to serve it at an appropriate temperature for kids.
A bitter flavor may be due to:
– Overheating the spices
– Using too many overly bitter spices (like star anise and cloves)
– Adding too much citrus pith
– Burning the sweetener
– Using low-quality ingredients, particularly fruit juices
– Steeping the spices for too long.
Absolutely! Premade mulling spice packs are readily available this time of the year. Simply omit the spices from the recipe and replace them with your premade pack. Check for sugar content and adjust the recipe accordingly.
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Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine with Grape and Apple Juice
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- 4 cups (950 milliliters) pure red grape juice, unsweetened
- 2 cups (475 milliliters) pure apple juice, unsweetened
- 1 orange, sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced, no need to peel
- 10 black grapes, optional
- ½ tablespoon honey
- fresh oranges (sliced), star anise, cinnamon sticks, or even some fresh cranberries, optional and not included in nutritional panel
- Prepare: Gather and prep your ingredients.
- Add Liquid: Pour the grape juice and apple juice into a large pot over a medium heat.
- Add Fruit and Spices: Add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, pieces of fresh ginger, and grapes to the pot. Stir the mixture and bring to a simmer. Then, reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer for 20-25 minutes and allow the flavors to meld. Avoid boiling the liquid, as it can cause the drink to become bitter.
- Add Sweetener: Taste the mulled wine as it simmers and adjust the sweetness with honey a little bit at a time starting at the 20-minute mark.
- Strain: Remove the pot from heat and strain the mulled wine to remove the spices and fruit slices.
- Serve and Enjoy! Serve your non-alcoholic mulled wine in mugs or heatproof glasses. You can garnish each serving with a slice of orange, a cinnamon stick, or a star anise pod if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
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