Introducing my absolute FAVORITE cold weather cocktail: low carb mulled wine, here to make your winter nights that much cozier!
Mulled wine is a popular alcoholic drink from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. It’s served warm around Christmas time, decorated with delicious spices. Traditionally mulled wine is made of fruit juice and sugar — which simple doesn’t work for most low carb meal plans!
With a few simple swaps, I was able to work up a recipe for low carb mulled wine that’s every bit as tasty as the real stuff, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
We just got back Poland, which is currently full of Christmas markets, holiday cheer and mulled wine.
I was pretty tempted (especially since it was so cold!) by those giant mugs of steamy wine — I mean wine is a low carb alcohol, right? With a quick Google search of the carbs in mulled wine, I found sugar and often fruit juice are added to make this cocktail, no wonder it’s so popular!
So, as soon as I got home, I started working on a low calories mulled wine recipe! And here it is: currently my favorite low carb cocktail. In fact, it’s so good, I think I’ll be drinking this low carb mulled wine in the summer months too!
How to Make Low Carb Mulled Wine
This low carb mulled wine is SUPER easy to throw together. Here are a few tips to make your low carb mulled cider making process a little easier:
Use a heavy bodied wine.
Heavy bodied (i.e. full bodied) red wines are made for this low carb mulled wine recipe!
These red wines tend to be darker, their taste is often bolder, and their mouth coating potential is often heavier — if you don’t know what any of that means (don’t worry, I had to do a lot of research to understand that part), just grab a Merlot or Cabernet and you’ll be good to go!
Heat ingredients SLOWLY.
Heat the low carb mulled wine ingredients in SLOWLY — this will heat and incorporate the ingredients without killing the booze!
Try serving this in a warm mug.
Believe it or not, this will help keep your low carb mulled wine warmer for a longer period of time! You can “preheat” your mug 1 of 2 ways:
- Pour warm water into your mug, then pour it out before you pour your low carb mulled wine in.
- Pour cold water into your mug and microwave it for 30 second intervals.
To save some carbs.
If you’re wondering is mulled wine keto, this recipe is about as close as you can get to a keto mulled cider, or a sugar free mulled wine. But the truth of the matter is, it’s still higher in carbs (and sugar) than most low carb recipes on this site!
I think of this low carb mulled wine as a splurge/treat — but if you’d like to save yourself some carbs/sugar, here are a very adjustments you can make:
- Swap the oranges with orange extract.
Here’s the deal, you probably won’t be eating the oranges from your glass of low carb mulled wine. But chances are the sugar in those oranges make their way into your glass (my guess is not as much as what’s accounted for in the low carb mulled wine nutritional info below).
To cut back slightly, use orange extract instead of oranges.
If you’d like to add a pop of color to your low carb drinks, add orange peel as a garnish when pouring your low carb mulled wine into mugs.
- Skip the brandy.
Hard alcohol is carb free, but, many believe it can temporarily disrupt ketosis. Make this a paleo mulled wine by skipping the brandy.
You don’t need to add as much erythritol as I did in this low carb mulled wine, in fact, you can make mulled wine stevia based instead!
Simply taste test the mixed ingredients as you heat them — remember, it’s easier to add more keto sweetener than to take it out!
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Low Carb Mulled Wine Recipe
I hope you enjoy this low carb mulled wine recipe as much as I do! Cheers from my house to yours, hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Low Carb Mulled Wine
- 1 Bottle Red Wine full bodied wine such as Cabernet or Merlot
- 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Erythritol granular (depends on how sweet you’d like it)
- 1 Orange sliced into rounds
- 6 Whole Cloves
- 3 Star Anise
- 3 Cinnamon Sticks
- Place all ingredients into pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, and cook simmering for 20 minutes. Be very careful not to boil the mulled wine!
- Ladle wine into individual mugs and garnish with orange peel and cinnamon sticks. Cheers!
- Traditionally, brandy is added to mulled wine -- since it's a liquor, I decided not to use it.
- To save some carbs, try using orange extract instead of oranges.
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Pst, if you’re looking for more holiday low carb cocktails, be sure to check out my keto eggnog recipe!