It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and the time of mulled wine that is, so I simply had to bring you a deliciously warming Vegan Mulled Wine Recipe!
I’ve fallen in love with mulled wine about 5 years ago. Until then I had never been a big fan and just stuck to non alcoholic punches, which I had loved since I was a kid. We call them ‘Kinderpunsch’ in German, which technically means they are for kids – but I still continued to love them when I hit adulthood 😉
For Vegan Mulled Wine however, it probably took me 5 attempts until I finally got into it – and I honestly can’t tell you what was different on that 5th time (maybe I was?). One thing I can tell you for sure, is that I’ve been loving them ever since and they have become an integral part of my annual pre-Christmas routine to get me into the festive mood.
Since going vegan however, mulled wine has become a somewhat tricky thing. As with lots of alcoholic drinks, people are often not aware that there could be something non-vegan about them – and in the past few years I’ve stumbled across a fair few that were simply flabbergasted when I asked if the wine was vegan friendly. Some would simply say ‘yes of course’ with a confused expression – and then I automatically knew that they didn’t have a clue. And this is probably where my trust issues are coming from 😉
Long story short: alcoholic drinks are filtered prior to bottling and there are different procedures to this process, some of which include isinglass (from fish bladder,) gelatine, egg whites, and sea shells, among other things. And then there’s of course the drinks that more obviously include animal derived ingredients, such as the classic Baileys or Honey Met.
As Christmas markets can be a little hit and miss when it comes to mulled wine, I love making my own at home – and it’s simpler than you think! Most ingredients used in this Vegan Mulled Wine Recipe are available at any regular supermarket – including vegan wine!
I regularly use the website Barnivore to check if drinks are vegan – as it’s sadly not always labelled as vegan. The website has been proving super helpful over these past few years and I can regularly be found up and down the wine shelves with my phone in my hand to look them all up. There’s only been a couple of items that I couldn’t find on the website – but they were supermarkets own brand, so probably a bit niche (the website is international!)
To make mulled wine, there are different options of wine to use – if, like me, you like it to be on the sweeter side, have a look for a sweet & fruity red wine. Thankfully lots of bottles or shelf tags give an indication of the wine flavour nowadays – and there’s always the alternative to add a little cherry juice to the wine to sweeten.
Vegan Mulled Wine Recipe
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
– 1 bottle of your favourite vegan red wine (750ml)
– 2 cinnamon sticks
– 4 cloves
– 4 cardamom pods
– 1 star anise
– 5 allspice berries
– 1 apple (peeled & chopped)
– 1 orange (sliced – use organic & unwaxed, if not, then take off the peel first)
– 2 Tbsp cranberries (I used frozen!)
– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
For extra sweetness, add 100ml cherry juice. (optional)
1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan and heat up over medium-low heat. Be careful with the heat, as the wine is not supposed to cook or bubble at all, a slow gentle heating process is ideal.
2. Once the mulled wine mix begins to steam, reduce the heat to a minimum, add a lid to the pan and keep it on the heat for about 20 more minutes.
3. Use a small strainer to pour the vegan mulled wine into mugs.
4. Enjoy with a cosy blanket, a good book and a Christmas-sy candle!
How about serving some delicious vegan Christmas treats on the side? Some sweet nibbles are always a good choice in my book, here are some tried and tested ideas: