Mulled Wine Recipe

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In the winter season, there’s no better way to get cosy and merry than with a glass of fruity mulled wine. This easy to follow recipe won’t steer you wrong, so take a look and enjoy mulling a batch of fruity wine for you and yours.

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  • 1 bottle red wine, region/grape/brand all optional
  • 60g/2oz demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamonstick
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • grated nutmeg
  • 60ml/2fl oz sloe or damson gin (optional)



Pour the wine into a large saucepan, adding the orange, sugar and the dried bay leaf, along with your mulling spices.


Heat the mixture gently on a low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, taking care to ensure the mixture is heated but does not reach boiling point.


At this point you can taste the mixture, and add more sugar to taste if required.


If you are adding gin, or any other liquor into your mixture, take the pan off the heat and stir in the amount required.


Pour your mulled wine into your heatproof glasses, and enjoy!

Notes on Saucepans

The acids found in wine react to aluminum and will skew the taste of your mulled wine. Use a steel pot, a slow cooker, or some other non-aluminum vessel to heat the mulled wine.

Making Non-alcoholic mulled wine

For a mulled non-alcoholic beverage, simply switch out the red wine for fresh fruit juice, such as apple or cranberry juice. Also, most of the spices used in a red mulled wine recipe are just as delicious using the ingredients in this recipe.



Mulled wine is wine that has been spiced, sweetened, heated, and allowed to simmer for a bit so that the ingredients have time to blend together. Red wine is typically used in the recipe but the use of white wine in a mulled wine recipe is not unheard of.

Medium-full bodied red wines rich in black currant, plum, and blackberry flavors are excellent choices for your mulled wine recipe. Experiment with recipes using different wine types until you find a favorite. Good red wine types include:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Zinfandel (Red)
  • Shiraz

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