Easy Mulled Wine Recipe
December 20, 2019

Mulled wine by an open fire - nothing can beat it when it’s cold outside and Christmas is around the corner. Also known as ‘gluhwein’ in Germany and ‘glogg’ in Sweden, it’s filled with all the finest things the season can offer us, from festive spices to delicious orange peel - not to mention the wine - and makes you feel warm inside just thinking about it. 


Needless to say, we love this wintry beverage, and to help you enjoy it to its very best, we’ve made the perfect easy mulled wine recipe for you to enjoy with friends and family. 


This delicious traditional recipe will make eight mugs, so if you’ve got a larger gathering, make sure to double it so there’s plenty for everyone.


  • 750ml bottle red wine
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 slices or pared strips orange or lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp caster/granulated sugar or honey
  • 1L water

What is the best wine for mulled wine?

A good quality full-bodied red like Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec is ideal. If you can’t find those, look for any fruity, unoaked wine.

TIP: If you’re feeling extra-merry you can always add a slug of brandy — around 100ml — to give it a little more festive punch.

Once you’ve got your ingredients together, you can begin the fun part! Check out our easy mulled wine recipe below and get ready for the merry evening ahead.

How to make mulled wine in 3 simple steps

  • 1) Put the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, sugar and lemon or orange zest in a large pan. Simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes. Do not bring to the boil as the alcohol will evaporate.
  • 2) Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 30-60 minutes to let the flavours infuse.
  • 3) Warm it a touch more if it’s got a little cool, and serve in mugs.


If you won’t be serving immediately but want to keep it warm, try a mulled wine warmer like the Swan Mulled Wine Urn. This way you can keep it at the perfect temperature until your guests arrive, and all evening once they do. The urn can also be used for hot cider and, once the festive period is over, boiled water for teas and coffees.

Make your mulled wine experience even more satisfying by using a heatproof glass mug, so you can appreciate the deep, rich colour as you sip.

Whether you’re making your mulled wine for family and friends or a cosy evening in by yourself, have fun making it and enjoy!