Mulled Wine Recipe


Easy and Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe

October 25, 2018

On a cosy winter’s evening there’s nothing better than a warming mug of delicious mulled wine to get you in the Christmas spirit. Full of the essence of Christmas with its seasonal spices, it makes the perfect winter warmer.

Because we love this traditional winter beverage so much, we’ve made the perfect mulled wine recipe with some easy-to-follow steps. It’ll make enough for eight mugs so if you’re entertaining a larger group, double the recipe so there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.


  • 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

TIP: If you’re wondering what the best wine for mulled wine is, 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.

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 mulled wine recipe method below and get ready for the merry evening ahead.

How to make mulled wine in 3 simple steps

  • 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.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 30-60 minutes to let the flavours infuse.
  • Warm it a touch more if it’s got a little cool, serve in mugs or heatproof glasses

TIP: We love this Bodum Glass Mug for serving — it makes the experience that little bit more satisfying as you can appreciate the deliciously rich colour of the wine.

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

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

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