When the cold winter weather rolls around, there’s no better thing to have in your hand than mulled wine. Mulled wine, a simple recipe of heated red wine with mulling spices, is perfect for holiday house parties, cold weather, and all night sipping. But which wine to use for mulled wine? And how exactly do you make mulled wine and serve it? Most importantly, how alcoholic is mulled wine? The answers vary depending on what you’re looking for in your drink, but VinePair has the answers you need.

Mulled wine has a long and storied history as a classic holiday staple. Enjoy some of the best mulled wine recipes from around the world that we’ve gathered for easy sharing. Time to grab the red wine, brandy, and mulling spices, because winter is coming.