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Mulled Wine Kombucha

This mulled wine kombucha has all the cozy flavors of glühwein – cinnamon, cloves, orange, and red wine! A flavor packed Christmas kombucha flavor!

Mulled wine kombucha on a white background with cinnamon and orange

Having experienced the magic that is a German Christmas market, I often find myself trying to recreate the cozy flavors you’ll find in the maze of booths. And if there’s one flavor that most defines Christmastime in Germany…it’s the glühwein.

Glühwein is a hot red wine mulled with winter spices, like cinnamon, cloves, and citrus. Basically, it’s bliss. So naturally I had to create a kombucha version of this magical drink so we can enjoy these flavors all year round!

This kombucha flavor is a bit more involved that most fruity types (which are usually just blend and bottle). For this Glühwein Kombucha, we’ll simmer down the wine and spices to form a syrup which will be used to flavor the kombucha.

Bottles of red wine kombucha on a white background

There are two fermentation phases when making kombucha:

  1. First Fermentation: This is when you transform sweet tea into tasty kombucha (see our guide to homemade kombucha here).
  2. Second Fermentation: This is when you carbonate the kombucha by adding flavor and sugars (like mulled wine syrup) and bottling it.

In order to make this Mulled Wine Kombucha, you need to have completed the first fermentation and have some kombucha ready to be carbonated!

Bottles of mulled wine kombucha on a white background

Mulled Wine Kombucha Ingredients

  • Kombucha: You have brewed your kombucha in the first fermentation and are ready to flavor it (first fermentation instructions here).
  • Red Wine: A cheap red table wine is perfect for glühwein.
  • Sugar: We’ll boil the wine down with sugar to create a sweet syrup. This will fuel the carbonation!
  • Cinnamon Sticks: I prefer using cinnamon sticks, which you can easily pluck out of the syrup before bottling (also great in Apple Cinnamon Kombucha).
  • Cloves: Whole cloves impart major Christmas flavor into our wine syrup (cloves also work well in Spiced Pear Kombucha and Chai Tea Kombucha).
  • Orange Juice: When you bottle the kombucha, add a splash of fresh orange juice to keep the flavors bright!

Making glühwein flavored kombucha

Rather than adding the fresh wine, we’ll need to simmer it down with the sugar and spices into a syrup. It does require a little more hands-on time than most kombucha flavors, but it’s worth it in the end!

  1. Make syrup: Add wine, sugar, and spices to a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Let simmer, uncovered, until mixture has halved in volume (finished mixture should be about 3/4 cup). Let the syrup cool to room temperature (speed this up by setting the pot in a sink full of cold water).
  2. Bottle: Evenly distribute syrup and orange juice into fermentation bottles. Pour in kombucha, leaving 1 to 2 inches free at the top
  3. Ferment: For 3 to 10 days, until it reaches the carbonation level you like.
  4. Enjoy: Chill in the fridge before serving.
Pouring gluhwein flavored kombucha into a glass with cinnamon sticks and oranges
Mulled Wine Kombucha

Mulled Wine Kombucha

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days

This mulled wine kombucha has all the cozy flavors of glühwein – cinnamon, cloves, orange, and red wine! A flavor packed Christmas kombucha flavor!

Ingredients

  • ½ gallon kombucha from a first fermentation (this is not store bought kombucha, 1.9 L)
  • 1 ½ cups red wine (350 mL)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ¼ cup orange juice, divided

Instructions

  1. Syrup: Add wine, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves to a small saucepan over medium/high heat. Let simmer, uncovered, until mixture has halved in volume, about 45 minutes. Finished mixture should be about 3/4 cup. Let the syrup cool to room temperature (speed this up by setting the pan in a sink full of cold water). Strain cinnamon and cloves from the syrup.
  2. Bottle: Add syrup and orange juice to  fermentation bottles - for every 2 cups of kombucha, use 2 Tbsp of syrup and 1 Tbsp of orange juice (you may not use all of the syrup). Pour in first fermentation kombucha, leaving 1 to 2 inches free at the top.
  3. Ferment: For 3 to 10 days, until it reaches the carbonation level you like.
  4. Enjoy: Chill in the fridge before serving, optionally straining out any fibers.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

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