Vin chaud has easily become one of my favorite Christmas traditions since we moved to France. I look forward to it every year, but I really wanted to try making it at home – in preparation for when we no longer live here. And, I think I’ve perfected the recipe.
There’s so much more to do in Paris during the holidays. There’s the Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde, ice skating with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, Christmas lights a-plenty and the Christmas market lining the Champs-Elyseés. Fresh crepes and waffles, Christmas beer and warm cups of vin chaud.
Of course, vin chaud is the star of every Christmas market in the country, but it’s especially festive when you’re roaming the glowing Parisian streets. There’s glowing from rain, not just Christmas lights, but it’s a beautiful sight to see.
Why I love this mulled wine recipe
- Vin chaud doesn’t require a fancy or expensive wine. I think the bottle I used cost me maybe 2 euros. Personally, I think any wine would do, but a softer, fruitier wine seems a little better suited for mulling.
- It’s easy to make, just steep warmed wine with mulling spices for a short while and you’ll have a warm, cozy Parisian cocktail for the holidays.
- When it’s ready, serve them in fancy glass mugs or hot toddy glasses – if you have them.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make this vin chaud recipe
Warm the wine. Heat wine in a large saucepan, over medium heat.
Stir in sugar. Continue stirring until the sugar has fully dissolved.
Steep the spices. Drop in the mulling items, cinnamon, anise, cloves, ginger and citrus, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 30 minutes.
And, if you like this recipe, make sure to check out my mulled wine cranberry sauce. It’s perfect to spice up your holiday meal.
Everything to know about making vin chaud
Yes, this mulled wine will have the alcohol content of whatever wine you choose. The wine, when warmed for mulling, does not reach a high enough temperature to significantly reduce the alcohol content.
A softer, fruitier wine is best suited for mulling as it will blend smoothly with the mulling spices and fruits used.
Vin chaud doesn’t require a fancy or expensive wine. I think the bottle I used cost me maybe 2 euros. Personally, I think any wine would do.
More hot beverages to enjoyPrint
- 750 ml bottle red wine
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 navel orage, sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a large saucepan, combine wine and sugar. Heat over medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring as needed.
- Add the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Wine can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container. Reheat before serving.
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Stovetop
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 228
- Sugar: 14.4 g
- Sodium: 8.1 mg
- Fat: 0.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 24 g
- Fiber: 2.6 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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Published: December 17, 2014. Updated: November 21, 2022.
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