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This vin brule Italian recipe is made with winter spices and orange zest: perfect mulled wine for magical winter nights.

Vin brule mix recipe in a jar
vin brule Italian recipe ingredients

Basically, the Italian vin brule recipe is a mix of spices simmered in wine, sweetened with sugar or honey – or none if you are using a sweet wine.

The spices are classic winter: cinnamon, cloves, and allspice, plus orange zest.

Dry the orange zest in the oven, so you can make a vin brule spice mix, to keep at hand or give as a DIY Christmas gift. Both in a loose-herbs jar (decorated, of course) or in single-use spice sachets.

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I use Primitivo (a wine from Puglia), but any red, dry, and good quality wine will work. 

Good quality wine, that’s the secret! 

I also use organic and whole spices and chop them myself. And I don’t use sugar, I prefer honey!

Let’s see how to make vin brule

vin brule recipe

Course drink
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project



  1. Grate the oranges zest (avoid the white part, it is so bitter…).

  2. Coarsely chop the cinnamon stick and mix it to the other spices.

  3. Pour 1 spoon of the spice mix, 1/4 of the orange zest, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 250 ml (8 oz) of red wine into a pot.

  4. Bring to a boil.

  5. Strain and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you are doing the mix for later use:

  • Preheat oven to 190°F (90°C).
  • Grate the oranges zest (avoid the white part) and place it on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper). Bake for an hour, to dry the zest.
  • Mix it to the spices.
  • Place your mix in a jar and close it tightly.

how to use the vin brule mix:

  • Add 1 spoon of the mix and 1 teaspoon of honey to every 250 ml (8 oz) of red wine.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Strain and enjoy.


Have a wonderful cup of flaming, sweet, comforting wine!


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