You guys! 2018 is almost done! Did it fly by or what? You’re probably just getting into the holiday groove of parties and social events, and then all of the sudden you realize that this is it for the year. And what are you going to drink to end the year with a bang?! It has to be good (and cute). Not to worry, I have just the thing for ya: a mulled wine cocktail recipe.

This is my Gluhwein Royal Cocktail, a hybrid between mulled wine (aka Gluhwein) and a Kir Royale, which is a delicious French cocktail made out of Champagne and creme de cassis. For this version, I swapped the creme de cassis for Chambord (raspberry liqueur) and I added some reduced mulled wine. Then it all gets topped with bubbles and a few pieces of edible garnish.

It’s super tasty, slightly spicy (from the mulled wine) and 100% ready to party. I served it in large festive glassware because 2018 has been a little bit extra, but you can also serve in Champagne flutes for added classy vibes.

It’s been amazing sharing with you all the food and drinks during 2018, and I’m excited to make more for you in the new year!


recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

Make the recipe:

Gluhwein Royal Cocktail
Serves 4

You’ll need:

    500 ml red wine (2 cups)
    3 tbsp brown sugar
    2 star anise pods
    3 cardamom pods
    3 cinnamon sticks
    1 large orange peel (pith removed)
    2 cloves
    1 chilled bottle bubbles (champagne or Prosecco)
    Chambord (or sub for creme de cassis)

To garnish:

    Sliced apples
    Orange peel
    Pomegranate seeds


    1. Place the wine, spices, orange peel and sugar in a small pot over medium/low heat, bring to a simmer and let it reduce for 5-8 minutes until you can really taste the spices. Once it has reduced almost by a quarter, remove from the heat and completely cool.
    2. Grab a few ice cubes and place them in your cocktail glasses
    3. Take more ice and place it in cocktail beaker
    4. To make each cocktail, add the following to the beaker: 1 oz Chambord, 2 oz reduced mulled wine. Stir for 1 minute until the beaker is frosty. Strain and pour over your glass, top with bubbles and garnish.

You can slowly add the bubbles so you get the nice ombre effect pictured, or you can give it a very gentle stir if you want the whole thing to be bright red.


recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

recipe — gluhwein cocktail

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