There’s nothing quite like coming home to the aroma of warm mulled wine, spiced with cloves, a slice of orange and a hint of cinnamon. It’s Christmas in a gently heated pan – as long as you can find a bottle that’s suitable for vegans. Here’s our guide to where you can find the best vegan mulled wines this Christmas, to make sure you don’t miss out this year. Or pop some in a travel mug, wrap up warm and enjoy a crisp walk with your seasonal drink.
If you want to pimp your glühwein, everyone has their own preferences. The list is long, but popular additions are orange slices, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, ginger, cinnamon sticks, brandy, port, a vanilla pod, bay leaves and juniper berries. Maybe this is the year to taste test and see which combination you prefer?
Waitrose Mulled Wine
Waitrose recommend you serve their mulled wine with a Christmas carol, but if you’re more partial to a mince pie like us we think it will taste just as nice. Their mulled wine is made from traditional Spanish grapes and blended with cloves and cinnamon, and sits at a higher alcohol percentage of 11%. Waitrose Mulled Wine, £5.49.
Sainsbury’s ‘Mull It Over’ Mulled Wine
Sainsbury’s have brought out a festively affordable mulled wine this year, without scrimping on flavour – although it doesn’t hurt to toss in a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange to be on the safe side. It’s the lowest in alcohol percentage at 5%, so you can enjoy an extra glass. Sainsbury’s Mulled Wine, £3.
Tesco Mulled Wine
Tesco’s mulled wine is sweet and fruity with subtle spicy flavours, thanks to its blend of cinnamon, clove and citrus fruits. It has a high sugar count, so if you prefer your mulled wine with a much sweeter, more vanilla and berry flavour then this is the bottle for you. Another low alcohol percent at 5.5%. Tesco Mulled Wine, £3.
Aldi’s Specially Selected Mulled Wine
Aldi have launched their own mulled wine this year. Surprisingly it’s pricier than both Sainsbury’s and Tesco, however it’s alcohol percentage is on par with Waitrose and it is made with Spanish Tempranillo wine. It has overtones of oak and spice and flavours of red fruits, clove and cinnamon. They recommend pairing it with festive parties and as long as Boris agrees, so do we. Another higher percentage bottle at 11%. Aldi Mulled Wine, £4.99.
Morrisons Winter Warmer Mulled Wine
Morrisons have blended the “finest ingredients” to bring you this year’s mulled wine, and it has subtle flavours of cinnamon, clove spices and zesty citrus fruits, with a mid-weight alcohol percentage at 8%. Brilliant value for money. Morrisons Mulled Wine, £3.75.
ASDA Mulled Wine
ASDA’s mulled wine has the added Christmas warmth of nutmeg, along with a familiar blend of cinnamon, clove and zesty citrus fruits, giving it a bonus point for festive flavours. Another mid-weight of 8%, it’s a balanced and reliable buy for Christmas if you like your mulled wine not too strong and not too fruity. ASDA Mulled Wine, £3.
Marks & Spencer Mulled Wine
Exclusively blended for M&S, this mulled wine is flavoured with all the spices you would expect – plus a hint of aniseed and lemon peel- and they recommend serving it with a slice of orange (as do we). We’re back to a higher percentage alcohol at 11%. Available at M&S and through Ocado. M&S Mulled Wine, £5.
Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch (Non-Alcoholic)
For those seeking an alcohol-free alternative to mulled wine, Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch is the perfect solution. Made from a blend of elderberry, blackcurrant and orange juices, and infused with real spices including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, it has all the flavour you would expect from mulled wine, without the alcohol. Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch, £3.99.