Easy, Delicious, & Bone Healthy Mulled Wine Recipe

Updated: January 29, 2024

Mulled wine recipe

Savor the Flavor, Nurture Your Bones: Your Must-Have Mulled Wine Recipe

Imagine yourself, nestled by the fire, cradling a steaming mug brimming with the perfect winter cocktail, our delectable mulled wine. 

Not only is it perfect for the holiday season — it’s a breeze to whip up. I mean, we’re talking 5 minutes tops!

Simply toss some spices, oranges, and wine into a slow cooker or saucepan. Then, let the magic begin as those aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom waft through your home. 

The intoxicating scent sets the stage for memorable events, where laughter and heartfelt conversations flow freely.

But this treat isn’t just here for merry making. Oh no. It doubles as a stealth ally for your bone health. As you may know, oranges are packed with vitamin C. And vitamin C is loaded with bone healthy calcium. Plus, a single orange provides upwards of 200% of your daily vitamin C requirement!  And vitamin C is vital to collagen development. Since more than 90% of the protein in bone is made from collagen, vitamin C is an essential nutrient for healthy bone [1].

Mulled wine recipe

Mulled Wine

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free
2.96 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 80 kcal


  • 2 oranges
  • 750 mL red wine
  • 2 tsp brandy extract organic
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cardamom pod slightly crushed
  • 2 cups water


  • Place all spices into a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Toast spices for 3 minutes, while moving around the pan to toast evenly. Toasting spices brings out the flavor of each spice.
  • Using a peeler, or paring knife, remove four thin pieces of peel from the orange, avoiding as much of the pith as possible.
  • In the saucepan of spice, add the orange peel, the orange juice and the remaining ingredients. Increase heat to medium high. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer, while stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  • Simmer on low heat for approximately 20 minutes. Strain to remove the orange and spices.
  • Serve in mugs with a fresh orange slice from the second orange.


If you like, you can put a family-friendly twist on this classic and use non-alcoholic red wine instead.


Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.5gSugar: 20g
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Squeeze More Life Into Your Bones With This Citrus Powerhouse

Mulled wine

You already know oranges pack a punch of bone-loving vitamin C, which is crucial for boosting collagen. But vitamin C isn’t just about collagen — it’s the catalyst for ramping up mesenchymal stem cells (MSMs) [2].

MSMs are produced in our bone marrow and can develop into different types of cells, including cartilage, muscle, and fat cells, as well as bone-building osteoblasts.

So, while you enjoy the zesty burst of oranges, you’re also feeding your bones the essential support they crave.


Ready to indulge in a palate-popping experience with our unforgettable mulled wine recipe? Your taste buds and bones have been yearning for this kind of TLC, and it’s time to deliver the goods.

So don’t keep them bottled up — share your culinary adventure in the comments below.

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Article Sources

  1. Shivani Sahni, Marian T. Hannan, David Gagnon, Jeffrey Blumberg, L. Adrienne Cupples, Douglas P. Kiel, and Katherine L. Tucker, “Protective effect of total and supplemental vitamin C intake on the risk of hip fracture - A 17-year follow-up from the Framingham Osteoporosis Study,” Published in final edited form as: Osteoporos Int. 2009 November ; 20(11): 1853–1861. doi:10.1007/s00198-009-0897-y
  2. F.L. Wei,1 C.Y. Qu,2 T.L. Song,1 G. Ding,1 Z.P. Fan,1 D.Y. Liu,1 Y. Liu,1 C.M. Zhang,1 S. Shi,2,* and S.L. Wang1, “Vitamin C Treatment Promotes Mesenchymal Stem Cell Sheet Formation and Tissue Regeneration by Elevating Telomerase Activity,” J Cell Physiol. 2012 Sep; 227(9): 3216–3224., Published in final edited form as: doi: 10.1002/jcp.24012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3299914/

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  1. Carolyn

    December 22, 2023 , 5:24 am

    You got to be kidding me. You say that vitamin c is loaded with bone healthy calcium. No vitamin c is loaded with vitamin c. Also Vitamin C is destroyed when you heat it. Up until now I had believed you with your bone healthy recipes but now I seriously wonder who on Earth is your scientist who vets these things. Such blatant misinformation and you are sending it out to people who trust and believe you. So disappointing.

  2. Yoori AlgaeCal

    December 26, 2023 , 5:11 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, Carolyn. We apologize for the disappointment and truly appreciate your honest feedback! The mention of vitamin C in relation to calcium was intended to highlight its role in increasing the solubility of calcium in the stomach and helping to increase calcium absorption after it’s been dissolved in the stomach. However, we completely understand that the wording can be confusing, and we apologize for this experience.

    Carolyn, regarding the impact of heat on vitamin C, you are correct that high temperatures can degrade this nutrient. We are always looking to grow as a company, and I have shared your feedback with our team. Of course, if you have any follow-up feedback or question to share with us, please let us know! We will continue to share this kind of feedback with our team for review!

    – Yoori

  3. Greg

    December 30, 2023 , 9:51 am

    1 star
    There is absolutely nothing bone healthy about this.

  4. Yoori AlgaeCal

    January 1, 2024 , 3:31 pm

    We are always looking to grow as a company, and we truly appreciate your honest feedback, Greg! If you are interested in bone-health recipes, we have many available on our blog here: https://blog.algaecal.com/category/recipes/. I hope this helps!

    – Yoori

  5. Nancy

    April 18, 2024 , 1:00 pm

    Alcohol is one of the worst things ever for you bones and health! I’m shocked you support it’s use?

  6. Yoori AlgaeCal

    April 18, 2024 , 2:23 pm

    I appreciate your concern for health, Nancy! While it’s true that excessive alcohol consumption isn’t ideal for our bones and overall health, in this recipe, the alcohol content evaporates during the cooking process. So, you’re left with the flavor but not the alcohol! 😊 I hope this information helps!

    – Yoori

  7. Nancy

    April 27, 2024 , 6:16 am

    Thank you for the clarification. Happy to hear this information .

  8. Yoori AlgaeCal

    April 28, 2024 , 2:55 pm

    It’s always our pleasure to help, Nancy! If you have any other questions or concerns with any one of our blog posts, please feel free to reach out again! We are always happy to help :).

    – Yoori

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