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low carb mulled wine

Low Carb Mulled Wine

A few years back a neighbor introduced me to mulled wine, so this year I thought I’d try my hand at a low carb mulled wine.  Of course wine is high in carbs but this delicious drink is only 6 carbs per glass.  

It should be noted that mulled wine is a beverage often enjoyed during the holiday season.  Like Christmas it’s meant to bring good health, happiness and warmth since mulled wine is served warm.  So yes, I will indulge in this amazing libation for the holidays but in moderation.  As a matter of fact, it’s so tasty that I’m thinking I should make it a tradition.

Additionally mulled wine does have some health benefits.  The red wine, cinnamon, and cloves have anti-inflammatory benefits.  Not to mention, star anise which not only has anti-inflammatory properties but is said to help reduce depression and improve blood pressure.  

Since classic mulled wine recipes call for orange juice and we should avoid it on keto.  With this in mind, I’m substituting it with a spicy orange simple syrup.  However, I did use orange slices as a garnish.  In addition you’ll need to follow my simple syrup recipe.  Overall the spiciness is achieved from the cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves.

Now, I may not have a real fireplace to sit in front of while I sip on a glass of this low carb mulled wine.  But I can play the crackling fireplace on Netflix.  Cheers!


Low Carb Mulled Wine

  • Author: Andie Cumber
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Beverage



1 large orange
1 bottle of red wine (merlot, zinfandel or shiraz)
¼ cup brandy
1 – 1 ½ cup  simple syrup
1 tsp orange extract
3 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish is optional)
4 star anise
4 whole cloves
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 orange sliced for garnish


  • Start with making a batch of simple syrup adding in the orange extract, cinnamon sticks, star anise and whole cloves.  
  • On medium heat stir occasionally until the monkfruit dissolves
  • In a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot pour in the bottle of red wine, brandy, the orange simple syrup with the spices and cranberries. 
  • Cook on Med-low heat for 5-10 minutes(before you start to see the liquid bubble)
  • Pour in a wine glass and garnish with a orange slice 


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 66
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 9 mg
  • Fat: 0.008g
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.004g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 net carbs
  • Fiber: 0.225g
  • Protein: 0.028g
  • Cholesterol: 0