Alcohol free mulled wine recipe

These are great ideas for those who don’t drink alcohol. I don’t know about you but mulled wine comes thick and fast in the winter and there are never alternatives on offer.

Here is an alternative that is quick and easy so you don’t have to have embarrassed guests turning up with having no drink in their hands. So to save you the trouble here is an alcohol Free Mulled Wine Recipe or two and a few alternatives.

10 facts about Mulled Wine

  • It’s also called glühwein across Europe but especially as you might notice in Germany.
  • It has been a favorite gathering drink for years especially at Christmas but it is also served across winter. In the UK it starts as soon as its dark at 5pm!
  • It has grown in popularity since the introduction of German Markets in the UK but across Europe especially as part of the Christmas Shopping Season
  • Mulled’ simply means heated and spiced, and many liquids can be mulled.
  • Mead is also something from this stable and well-known as a certain kind of wine sometimes connected to monasteries.
  • As well as wine, these include mead (honey wine) and cider. ( see my review of alcohol free cider here)
  • Mulled wine also has been linked to the Danes and the Saxons as a way of keeping warm in cold weather.
  • Most people use a saucepan but it can be made in a slow cooker. Maybe I will get time to get mine out from in the cupboard under the sink.
  • Boiling is not a good thing to do as it kills off many of the flavors so simmering the liquid is the way to go. I have killed many a tinned soup this way.
  • Many people have mulled wine parties but its not my thing! However, if there is an alcohol free version I think it means more choice and for me better flavors!

Apple Alcohol Free Mulled Wine

This is a great alternative as apples are generally universally liked and also they don’t cost the earth. Even your local corner shop has apples so good if you don’t live near a big department store. Some ingredients of these recipes can also be what I call “cupboard options” so can be kept in a cool place.

Now I am not great in the kitchen so I will keep it simple! I like simple.

What you Need

  • Apple juice
  • Strips of orange peel, and with a grater you can make your own
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • Sugar or honey, to taste

These ingredients can easily be sourced and you can use honey or sugar. Cinnamon sticks can also be bought in a local shop already prepacked but it does the trick and you can get extra if you want to use it as garnish.

Let’s make it easy and to be honest and I am not a great chef!

Get a saucepan and put in the apple juice and let it boil very gently. I am talking simmer but some people take that as just warm and there is a difference.

Then once it simmers just add the orange peel, cinnamon sticks and cloves and check it after between 5-10 minutes. This gives it time for all the flavors to mix up and you will be able to smell all the different aspects coming together. This is great if you are trying to sell your house!


Put each drink in a little mug and/ or heat proof glass and add some more orange peel and if its your thing another piece of cinnamon stick.

Top Tips

Cut the oranges up and freeze them for other drinks maybe mocktails.

Put the oranges on later and don’t leave them on the side, they will be eaten even by people who say they don’t like them!

Alcohol Free Apple Pie

Apple Pie Mulled Wine Alcohol Free

Yum, I love apple pie!

Apple pie is one of those warming puddings that we have in the winter that feels like home cooked food. This is a hot apple drink but with the added “pie” feel. Here you can once again add the apples as the main ingredient of alcohol free mulled wine and add cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

What you need? A bit more complicated but not by much.

  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A good pinch ground cloves
  • ½ whole grated nutmeg
  • 2 liters of apple juice ( big container will do )
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract ( if you can use alcohol free vanilla essence all the better.)
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (economy is fine)

What to do!

Easy right? Just shove cinnamon, mashed cloves, nutmeg, apple juice and vanilla extract in a saucepan. You will want to use a big pan for guests. Avoid boiling so gently does it!

When the steam is rising the apple juice is heated and this is the fun bit so put into the mix vanilla ice cream. Avoid eating it as you put it in the saucepan.

You can then mix it really well and you will notice it gradually melt.

So when it’s mixed with the apple, what you are looking for is that the ice cream becomes frothy on top of the juice.

You can serve with some extra nutmeg sprinkled over and also do serve it in heat-resistant glasses or cups. It goes well with crunchy veg dips including parsnips.

Alcohol Free Mulled Wine

Mulled Pomegranate Alcohol Free Wine

Again another alternative that uses pomegranate which has a distinctive taste and smell. Many people have never tried it so you get to create a bit of interest in something new!

What you need!

A Litre of pomegranate juice to start…..

  • 1 bit of rosemary
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 cinnamon stick or equivalent
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ orange sliced
  • ¼ tsp orange blossom water ( you can substitute for flavoring)

What to do!

Stick the pomegranate juice into the saucepan enough for the volume you want to make. Chuck in the rosemary, sumac, cinnamon stick, coriander seeds, and orange. Bring to a simmer and avoid boiling as it kills everything off.

A sieve is useful as you pour it into a jug. Put in the orange blossom water and then you have it nicely presented in heatproof glasses or cups. You’re sorted!


00abv straight mulled wine Alcohol FREE

This is slightly different version to the one above so you could mix and match and see which one you prefer.

What you need

  • 500ml pomegranate juice
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • Blackberries, just a handful and frozen are fine!
  • 250ml apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • Some peppercorns to give it a kick!
  • 1 orange, sliced

What to do !

Stick the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice into a saucepan of suitable size. Now it is time to add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, peppercorns and orange.

Turn on the heat gently to avoid boiling so again it’s a careful simmering. Strain into heatproof glasses and add some garnish so it looks cool!

Now here is the thing not everyone likes mulled wine even the alcohol free stuff so it’s great to have an alternative as you welcome guests. So I present the:

00abv Passion Fruit Martini an alternative to Mulled Wine

What you need :

  • 3 passion fruits ideally cut in half.
  • 1 juiced lemon, try to avoid just prepacked lemon juice if you can.
  • 1 egg white ( I know you can do it if you try)
  • 100ml alcohol-free spirit ( click my banner at the bottom of this page for some great choices from my affiliate partner)
  • 2 tsp sugar syrup
  • Ice
  • Fizzy grape juice

What to do !

Simply take out a fleshy bit from the passion fruit halves and put them in a cocktail shaker. Chuck in the lemon juice, egg white, alcohol free spirit and syrup and shake like you have never shaken before until it gets frothy like boiled milk.

Here is where you turn into a proper cocktail maker.

Throw in the ice, more shakes and you will feel the outside of the shaker go cold. Ideally you will have some cheap martini glasses so strain the liquid in! You will feel very professional at this point!

Once this is done simply add the grape juice and top it off with the rest of the passion fruit halves that you have not eaten by accident!

Remember your slow cooker

If you are like me and your slow cooker has not been used in ages then for your alcohol free mulled wine it’s a great option. Most slow cookers now come with instructions on how to heat up mulled wine and you can put it on in the morning at low temperature and let it all get mixed together.

Please don’t use a deep fat fryer they are different machine for different jobs.

Slow cookers can let you get on with the rest of your day, its just the cleaning of them I can’t stand, but mulled wine is easy to do in them. ( Plus easy to clean with a bit of soap and water)

If you have a big party a convenient dispenser can keep your mulled wine warm until the guest arrives and this is a very popular one as there are not many around. Like the ones you see at coffee mornings, they work!

If your Mulled Wine goes wrong you can always use it for tea and coffee. Although at this blog we prefer a bit more variety.

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Your view and comments

I would love to hear you wonder tips for alcohol free mulled wine. Are you a fan of mulled wine and do you have suggestions for making some?

I would live to hear from you your suggestions as we head forward on this alcohol free lifestyle. Views about slow cookers welcome! I always get back to you and also share your recipes if you have them!

4 thoughts on “Alcohol free mulled wine recipe”

  1. I love mulled wine! When I lived in Germany I always loved the Christmas markets, there were so many delicious foods there and the Glühwein was never missing. It was the best thing ever to drink on those cold evenings, you could feel the warmth spread through your body. 

    Lately I have not felt like drinking any alcohol. I just prefer water and tea at the moment, and I am grateful that I am taking this nice break, so I will definitely be making this alcohol free version. With apples and cinnamon it will provide great flavor and it will smell nicely, which is indeed perfect to sell the house with such an aroma wafting through it. 

    For the apple juice, is it better to use fresh or store bought juice?

    The other recipes also look good. I think I prefer the traditional recipe and I would also like to try the 00abv straight mulled wine. Blackberries sound like a delicious addition.

    • Hi Christine, thanks so much for taking time out. Yes Germany do those markets so well and the mulled wine. Its amazing really how much they have expanded the UK, but there is also a great one in Brussels in the square. I love that place! In terms of fresh apple juice yes fresh works to be honest, it adds a bit of depth. I so love blackberries in most things, they can be sharp which I think it a good thing! Your comments are fantastic and thanks so much. All my senses are working over time! Take care, Phil

  2. I have never heard of a mulled wine before but I have always loved alcohol free wine so much as it means I’m able to enjoy wine without having to take in alcohol. Now this apple mulled wine recipe that is non-alcoholic would be a good make for me and the recipes itself is not so much. I would definetely make this at home.

    • That’s great you love alcohol free wine Jackie , I know the response is often mixed. I have selected some low calorie wine that gets positive reviews here.  Calories and alcohol free wine – Top 5 review. I am so pleased you like the alcohol free mulled wine recipe and maybe its not as universal as I first thought. I really appreciate you taking time out and let me know when you have tried it! All the best, Phil


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