Low Calorie Recipes, Winter

Sugar Free Mulled Wine

This easy sugar free mulled wine recipe taste just like a traditional spiced wine, but it will save you a ton of calories. Therefore, it’s the perfect lightened up cocktail or aperitif for your holiday parties or the ultimate drink for a cozy winter evening.

BTW, I also have an amazing skinny margarita cocktail for you, which you should save for warmer days!

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A mug of mulled wine served with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick surrounded by Christmas decoration and spices.

How much sugar is in a glass of mulled wine?

Mulled wine is the perfect winter drink. I mean, what’s not to love with a cup of hot wine, while it’s cold and dark outside? 

The only downside to this delicious spiced wine is that it’s quite high in sugar and therefore pretty calorie dense.

In a regular glass of mulled wine are nearly 30 grams of sugar and over 220 calories. That’s a lot, especially for a drink, that easily makes you dizzy and hungry.

Lower in Calories and Sugar Free 

Since mulled wine is a mixture of red wine, rum, and sugar, it’s not that surprising that we end up with quite some calories and a significant amount of sugar.

Therefore, to decrease the number of calories, we need to swap out the sugar and reduce the amount of alcohol. And here’s how.

First, we’ll replace the sugar with a calorie free or lower calorie sweetener like erythritol, xylitol, agave syrup or honey. Second, we’ll mix the wine with some tea, like an apple or berry tea. 

Ingredients 

A photo of the ingredients, which go into this recipe, and text labels for each ingredient.
  • Red Wine: Even though I would never buy a semi-dry or sweet wine, I recommend a wine like this for making mulled wine. Since we already infuse the wine with spices and a sweetener, it doesn’t make much sense to go with a dry wine. And generally speaking, I recommend going with a grape variety you already like.
  • Whole Spices: For make mulled wine you’ll need some cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves. Please don’t substitute them with ground spices.
  • Tea: This is not a traditional ingredient for mulled wine, but we’ll use it to reduce the alcohol and therefore the calorie density. I prefer a sweet apple tea, but you can go with any sweet and fruity tea you like.
  • Fresh Oranges: For making mulled wine we need the juice of one orange and a second orange cut in slices, which we’ll cook together with the wine and use as a garnish for serving.
  • Sweetener: To save as many calories as possible I recommend using a calorie free sweetener like erythritol. If you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute it with stevia or a natural sweetener like agave syrup or honey.
  • Rum: A traditional German Glühwein is made with a little bit of rum, so we’ll add a shot of rum to the mixture to make sure it tastes just like the original. 

You’ll find the exact quantities in the recipe card further down.

Ingredient Substitutes

Did you know that you can also make a white mulled wine? All you need to do is to use some sweet or semi-dry white wine instead. 

If you want, you can also use some apple juice (about 1/3 cup) and apple peel instead of the orange and orange juice to infuse the wine with some apple flavors. This works especially well with white mulled wine.

Instead of erythritol you can also use some stevia. Since stevia tastes much sweeter than erythritol you probably need less of it. So, keep that in mind. Alternatively, you can also use xylitol, agave syrup or honey. Those sweeteners have lower calories than sugar but of course some more than a calorie free sweetener like erythritol. 

How to Make this Recipe

The most important thing when making mulled wine, is to not cook the wine. Keep the wine under the temperature of 80°C or 175°F. Otherwise the alcohol begins to vaporize.

Step 1:

First, bring some water to a boil and add a bag of apple tea to a cup. Then pour over a cup of boiling hot water. Let it steep for five minutes.

Meanwhile, you can squeeze the juice from one orange and set it aside. Wash the second orange thoroughly and then cut it into thin slices. 

Step 2:

Now you can put the wine, tea and spices in a pot and heat it slowly over medium heat. After about five minutes, add the orange juice and the orange slices, setting aside the four most beautiful ones for decoration.

Now let the mulled wine continue to simmer and warm up, but make sure it doesn’t start to steam and certainly never boil. 

After about ten minutes, the wine should be nicely hot. Now we add the erythritol and stir well so that it can dissolve. Then add the rum and let the wine simmer for another 2 minutes.

Serve:

Before we decant the wine into glasses, I like to pour it through a fine strainer. This catches the cloves as well as the orange pulp. It can then be divided among four cups and decorated with the remaining orange slices and some cinnamon sticks.

Helpful Tips:

  • Mulled wine should never boil or steam. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you can put it in the pot to make sure that the wine doesn’t exceed 80°C or 175°F.
  • For a white mulled wine, you can replace the red wine with white wine. Make sure to go with a light-colored tea otherwise it will look like a rose mulled wine. I also like to substitute the oranges with apple juice (1/3 cup) and the peel of one apple.
  • Leftover mulled wine can be transferred to a bottle or a similar container and stored in the refrigerator for several days. To reheat, you can simply microwave the mulled wine or reheat it on the stove.

Your Common Questions Answered

In case there are any questions left, I hope these FAQ will help you. If not, feel free to drop your question in the comments below.

How much calories are in a glass of mulled wine?

A regular glass of mulled wine has around 220 calories and 30 grams of sugar.

How many calories are in this sugar free mulled wine recipe?

A glass of this homemade sugar free mulled wine has about 108 calories.

Does low calorie mulled wine also contain less alcohol?

Yes, it does since we mix it with a bit of tea.

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A mug of mulled wine served with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick surrounded by Christmas decoration and spices.

Sugar Free Mulled Wine

Julia Schmitt
This easy sugar free mulled wine recipe taste just like a traditional spiced wine, but it will save you a ton of calories. Therefore, it’s the perfect lightened up cocktail or aperitif for your holiday parties or the ultimate drink for a cozy winter evening.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine german
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 108 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 medium-sized pot
  • 1 orange juicer

Ingredients
  

  • 500 ml red wine semi-dry (2 cups)
  • 1 tea bag apple tea or berry tea
  • 2 oranges
  • 6 cloves (whole spices)
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 tbsp erythritol *
  • 2 cl rum

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Pour the tea bag with a cup of boiling water and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice of one orange, wash the second one thoroughly and cut it into slices.
  • Add the red wine, spices and the tea to a pot and heat it gently over low to medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then add the orange juice and half of the orange slices (set aside four slices for decoration). Let it heat for another 10 minutes, but do not let it boil or steam.
    If possible, use a kitchen thermometer and keep it under 80°C or 175°F.
  • Then add the erythritol and stir well. Next, pour in the rum and let steep for another 2 minutes.

Serve

  • Pour the mulled wine through a fine sieve and then divide it among 4 cups. Garnish them with orange slices, peel or cinnamon sticks and serve while still hot.

Notes

  • Instead of erythritol you can also use some stevia. Since stevia tastes much sweeter than erythritol you probably need less of it. So, keep that in mind. Alternatively, you can also use xylitol, agave syrup or honey. Those sweeteners have lower calories than sugar but of course some more than a calorie sweetener like erythritol.

Nutrition

Serving: 200mlCalories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 1.8gProtein: 0.1gSugar: 1.8g
Keyword christmas, low calorie, sugar free
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