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David Werly's Alsatian Mulled Wine Recipe

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Made with a red Burgundy or Bordeaux, or even a red wine from Alsace, this famous mulled wine is part of local Christmas tradition. There is always a mulled wine seller present as people stroll through the Christmas markets to warm the bodies and spirits of the shoppers. More typical of Alsace, though less widespread, is "Kandelzucker," Alsatian white wine combined with honey.

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Deliver Ingredients


  • Four cups red wine
  • 8 ounces sugar cubes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Zest of half an orange
  • Lemon or orange slices, for garnish


Place all the ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes. Serve hot in glasses, decorated with lemon or orange slices.

Wine Shopping Tip

Choose a wine that you would drink. If you wouldn't drink it on its own, you shouldn't cook with it.

Wine Cooking Tip

After cooking steak, you can use red wine to de-glaze the pan.