This post may contain Amazon or other affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy.
There is no traditional Christmas market without hot, spiced wine. With this Keto Mulled Wine, you can enjoy the flavors of orange zest, cloves, cinnamon, and molasses, while staying low-carb!
Note: This recipe was originally published on October 25, 2021 and modified on December 9, 2023.
Go to any German Christmas market and you will find people sipping on hot mugs of Glühwein. It is quite a wonderful experience really. It is cold and snowy, Christmas music in the background, and there you can warm up your cold hands and heart with this hot alcoholic drink that smells of cinnamon, cloves, and oranges.
Keto Mulled Wine tastes sweet and smells like Christmas. I very rarely drink alcohol, and just about never drink wine, but even I can’t say no to spiced wine. As a matter of fact, I don’t even have a corkscrew and needed to use a screwdriver to open my bottle of red wine to make this recipe (I know, I know)!
How to make keto spiced wine!
Well, we may not be able to bring the Christmas market to us, but we sure can bring a hot mug of KETO Mulled Wine to us! Traditional German Glühwein is sweetened with (brown) sugar, honey, or orange juice. It is really easy to replace these high-carb ingredients with low-carb ones without losing the sweetness or flavor! To make Keto Mulled Wine, I use Swerve Sweetener brown sugar substitute and the fresh peelings of orange and lemon. Add a few whole spices, a good bottle of wine, and celebrate Christmas the German way!
Tips for making perfectly spiced Keto Mulled Wine!
Wine. So what kind of wine should you buy? Go for red dry wine. Don’t worry about buying expensive wine because with all the amazing flavors and spices we use, even cheaper wine will taste great! Dry wines like Merlot, Cabernet, or Pinot Noir are all good choices.
Citrus fruit. To make the Keto Mulled Wine, you will only use the peelings of one orange and one lemon. With a vegetable peeler or a sharp, small knife, cut off the peelings of your citrus fruit (just peel the outer zest, not the white bitter pith). It is best to use organic, unwaxed fruits, since the peelings will be heated in the wine.
Spices. Whole spices work best for this recipe. You will need whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and one star anise seed. I know some people are not big fans of anise, but the anise flavor in the wine will be very subtle. If you really can’t stand it though, just leave it out.
Heating and steeping. The spices and peelings will be heated in the wine, kind of like in tea. I actually like to use a tea filter ball for my spices for the steeping process. The most important part, though, is to gently heat the wine and NOT to boil or simmer it. So, heat your wine over a low flame. Once the wine is hot, turn off the heat, and let the spices and peelings steep for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve hot. Serve this Keto Mulled Wine HOT. I keep leftovers in my saucepan (with the lid on) right on the stove, and simply heat it up again for serving.
Oh, Christmas time with spiced Keto Mulled Wine!
MORE LOW-CARB HOLIDAY RECIPES
Keto Mulled Wine (German Glühwein)
- medium saucepan
- Pour wine into medium saucepan and heat over low heat. Don't bring the wine to a simmer. Add brown sugar substitute and stir until dissolved.
- Wash and peel the orange and lemon. Just peel the outer zest, not the white bitter pith. It is best to use organic fruits, since the peelings will be heated in the wine. Add the peelings to the wine.
- Drop all the spices into a tea filter ball and then add to the heating wine (or drop straight into the wine if you don't have a tea filter).
- Once the wine feels hot, cover the saucepan with a lid, turn off heat, and let steep for 30 minutes. Remove (the tea filter with) spices and peelings. Serve hot. Garnish serving glass or mug with a slice of orange or lemon.