mulled wine gelatin

I can’t think of a single thing that I don’t love about the holidays. I love eating cookies. I love staring in awe at my tastefully-decorated balsam fir tree. I love jumping around frenetically to Hanson and New Kids on the Block Christmas music, dancing myself silly until I hit a poorly-placed moose antler with my ankle, and sink into the carpet in pain. And I love repeating the whole ordeal day after day after day.

And on this day (roughly Day 20 of my holiday celebrations), after yet another senseless and disgusting gun-based tragedy, I also can’t think of a single thing I’m not thankful for at this time of year. I’m thankful our friends in Newtown are safe. I’m thankful to be in good health and good cheer. I’m thankful for the suspense of funny-shaped gifts under the tree. And, I’ll be honest, I’m so very thankful for the deliciousness that is mulled wine.

Last year, I wrote up a series of Christmas cookie recipes, with each being given a new or fanciful twist. This year…. well, this year, I just want to drink mulled wine. But I’m not much of a lush by trade, so I’ve been forced to get crafty. Oh, darn.

mulled wine gelatin

And so, crafty one that I am, I’ve created a few recipes that I hope you’ll love, with mulled wine as the star of each one. Up first – beautifully deep-colored mulled wine in wiggly, jiggly solid form, or Mulled Wine Gelatin.

For all of my mulled wine craftiness coming to you now and in the near future, I used a ginormous 1.5L bottle of the cheapest red wine I could find. I usually grab a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, but whatever you like best will work. The drier the wine, the more sugar you may wish to add, especially if the end product is going to be gelatin. Keep in mind that liquid sweeteners can be used in place of granulated or brown sugar, and I find that it works well to add honey if in need of an extra sweet touch.

This is an easily eaten jello, and while it is alcoholic in nature, I doubt you’d feel inclined to eat enough of it to do much damage. That said, it’s tasty, unexpected, fun to eat, and filled with Christmas cheer. Cheers!

mulled wine gelatin

Mulled Wine Gelatin

This will fill one medium-large gelatin mold, or three smaller molds. I used three cups of a 6-cup mini bundt pan for this recipe.


1/2 c. mulled wine, cold (recipe to follow)
2 packets powdered gelatin (2 scant tbsp)
1 1/2 c. mulled wine, heated to a near-boil
1 tbsp honey


Place the cold 1/2 c. of mulled wine in a medium bowl. Pour the two packets of gelatin over the wine, and let sit for a minute or two. Pour in the hot wine, and stir well. Add in the tbsp of honey, and mix to combine. Pour into molds, and chill in the fridge for at least four hours before serving.

Eat responsibly.


Mulled Wine

For one regular-sized bottle of wine


1/2 c. granulated sugar (or 1/2 c. other sweetener, such as honey or agave)
1 bottle red wine
1/2 unpeeled orange or 1 tangerine, cut into sections
1 cinnamon stick
1 heaping tbsp mulling spices (allspice, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and mace)
1 tbsp brown sugar


In a large pot, combine sugar with a few splashes of wine. Add orange slices. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and cook for five minutes. Using a spoon or spatula, flatten the orange slices, exuding the juice and releasing the zest.

Add the rest of the wine, the cinnamon stick, and the mulling spices. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the mixture to boil or simmer, as this will reduce the alcohol content. Near the end of cooking, add brown sugar to round out the flavors.

Serve immediately, when hot, or use in recipes such as Mulled Wine Gelatin, above.

mulled wine gelatin

Stay tuned for more recipes featuring the perennially delicious mulled wine. Meanwhile, give your friends and family great big hugs, and let them know how much you appreciate them. Life is so very sweet.


20 thoughts on “mulled wine gelatin

  1. While I’m not the biggest fan of jelly, I have to say that the colour of this looks fantastic!

    1. I understand, lots of folks out there don’t enjoy gelatin…. I have a few other options coming up for you:) It is a neat color, isn’t it?

  2. Oh is so pretty! Is so pretty! Just like you!

    Sometimes, when I’m reading your blog, it feels like the words could have come from my own soul. Then, other times, I read words like “until I hit a poorly-placed moose antler with my ankle” and it’s very clear we grew up in opposite hemispheres.

    1. Aww, me? Shucks! :)

      I didn’t grow up with moose antlers in the home – it’s a relatively new development. Did you know that finding and selling antlers is a big to-do around here? We’re going to jump on that this year, I hope. Cue the banjos.

  3. I’ve never had much luck with mulled wine, I don’t know what I do wrong. The wrong wine maybe? I love gelatin based things. It reminds me of junior high science for some reason.

    1. Hmm. And to think that I’ve never had a mulled wine I didn’t enjoy. What part of yours is the unlucky part? The taste?

      Love that gelatin reminds you of junior high science. Now you’ve got me thinking about frog dissection…

  4. Your holiday season sounds wonderful. Dance parties abound in our house as well, but only to Hanson when I’m home alone. There has been ample singing of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You this year. There has been very little baking. We did make our gingerbread house, which turned out way better than last year, though. I love the color of your gelatin! I’ve never had mulled wine, but I imagine the opportunity to make it will present itself in the cold months ahead.

    1. Hehe. Eli puts up with Hanson so well, he should win some kind of award. Or maybe an additional xmas gifty or two:) I love the Mariah/Jimmy Fallon/cute kids/The Roots rendition of All I Want for Christmas is You. Super adorable!

      I didn’t make a gingerbread house this year, but I did go to a ginger-themed dinner party. That counts, right?

      Girl, make yourself some mulled wine already. And then serve it in neat glass mugs or something. It makes winter evenings delicious and classy!

    1. Hmm. This makes me sad, too! And then it makes me wonder if Mulled Cider Gelatin would be equally tasty…….?

      1. I hope so, I might have to try it with cider. Maybe I’ll make it to take over to my boyfriend’s parent’s house on Christmas eve, as his father loves anything gelatinous!

        1. I bet it would also be delicious with Cold Duck, or another sparkling non-alcoholic beverage like Pink Catawba. Man, I love those things, they are so so so good.

  5. i am a complete SUCKER for a good gelatin mold. I want people to start using them like they did in the 1960’s; it’s how much i love looking at them. This is the prettiest color gelatin thing i think i’ve ever seen. And, great minds – i actually have an alcohol-ish gelatin thing i’m thinking of doing.
    i love this so bad. :)
    like brianne, i’ve never had mulled wine, but i’ve smelled it and i want to have it; this may be the way i finally taste it. Also like brianne, i have repeatedly sung “All I Want for Christmas is You” this season. There has been dancing. It has been great. I want to see tastefully decorated tree photos from you.

    1. I would love to have some nice gelatin molds – or at least one. Using the bundt pan was passable, but a bit difficult, to be honest. And really, what cooking implement from the 60s wasn’t awesome? :)

      Can’t wait to see what gelatin project you have going on. And geez, guys, make yourself some mulled wine, and STAT! It is the best thing since dancing to Christmas music.

      Okay, tastefully decorated tree photos, coming up soon!

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