Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine: Holiday Spiced Hibiscus Tea

December 26, 2022
The party season is in full swing, and more festive drinks and foods are just around the corner screaming your name! If you’re concerned about the alcohol intake that you know is bound to happen but don’t want to feel left behind from the holiday mood and cheer, this alcohol-free “wine” is the answer. It looks like wine, tastes like wine and keeps you warm and fuzzy throughout the night and the best part… no hangover needed the next day!

The popular mulled wine drink is a lovable beverage drunk during this time of the year. It originated from the old days during the 2nd century when the Romans and their love of wine spread across Europe. This aromatic drink was made whenever they didn’t have a successful harvest or had leftover wine and started mulling them together with spices to make them more tasteful. It helps to keep the body warm during the cold and is health beneficial from all the spices. For this version, enjoy a non-alcoholic jolly brew and feel free to play around with your choice of favorite spices!
a glass of spiced hibiscus tea with lemon and cinnamon sticks

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine: Holiday Spiced Hibiscus Tea

Recipe Type: Beverages
utensils YIELDS 6 servings
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  • 2x hibiscus tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger
  • choice of sweetener (as needed)
  • 1/2 apple (sliced)
  • 1x orange
  • 5-6x lemon slices
  • 1x cinnamon bark stick
  • 2-3x bay leaves
  • 5-6x cloves
  • 1x rosemary
  • 2-3x star anise
  • Handful of dried mulberries (or raisins) - optional
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1. In a big pot, bring your water to boil and add your tea bags. Brew them until your water starts looking like wine in no time. 

2. While waiting, stud your cloves onto your orange (that is cut into half) and pop them over onto your pot. 

3. Cut your ginger into coins and bruise them to release more flavor and invite them to join the boiling party alongside with your other fruit (lemon and apple) slices and the rest of your spices (cinnamon bark, star anise), dried fruits (mulberries or raisins). 

4. Simply let them simmer for about 15–20 minutes until your whole house smells festive! 

5. In the last 5 minutes, I like adding the rosemary last then pour over onto your favorite mug décor with the soaked rosemary, cinnamon stick, some fruit slices and spices to enjoy the Christmas mood with this heart warming drink!

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Photo: Bel Faustino

Bel Faustino
Bel’s curiosity for healthy living started at a young age of 11. From mindful eating to exercise, she always had a sweet tooth struggle and her weakness are desserts. It then took her high school and uni days to find the balance to maintain the healthy lifestyle yet enjoy desserts in a more guilt-free way and veganizing them seems the way to do it. Obsessed with always finding healthier alternatives, she hopes to recreate her favorite non vegan treats and share her recipes through her culture (Filipina born in Macau, S.A.R., China), lifestyle, childhood memories and travels (Southeast Asia, USA, Mexico, UK and more to come!). Follow her journey in Instagram @belbrosasfaustino.


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