How to make mulled wine

July 8, 2016
How to Make mulled wine

Mulled Wine is a delicious spicy, warm drink made from light or dry red wine, citrus peel and spices. Traditionally made over the Christmas period in the northern hemisphere, it originated in Rome in the 3rd century. It has since gained on-going popularity, particularly in Great Britain and Europe. Learn how to make this simple yet delightful drink below.

Mulled wine

Mulled wine

Here in Australia mulled wine isn’t so common, but it occurred to me one cold winter’s evening, to give it a try. I’d  grabbed a bottle of red out of the cellar (my laundry cupboard). It was ice cold, and let’s face it nobody wants a glass of chilled red wine. I have no open fire to sit it in front of, so instead I decided to make some mulled wine.

I looked up a few recipes and finally came up with my own version, which worked out quite well. I didn’t want to use processed sugar, so I used coconut sugar. I also didn’t have Chianti or fresh nutmeg on hand but please go for it if you have it! Substituting a dry red like pinot noir for a mulled wine is perfectly fine and it tasted delicious!


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g coconut sugar
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg , for grating (or powdered)
  • 1 vanilla pod , halved length ways
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bottles Chianti, other Italian red wine or pinot noir.


1/ Peel the rind off the lemon, limes and oranges, and then squeeze the juice out of the orange.

2/ Strain the pulp and pips and set the juice aside.

3/Place sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat and add peel and orange juice.

4/ Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and pour in the orange juice.

5/Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg .

6/ Add the halved vanilla pod and stir in a small amount of red wine to cover the sugar.

7/ Allow to simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil.

8/ Keep on a low boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until it becomes a thick, glossy syrup.

The reason we do this is to infuse the sugar and spices into the wine. It is important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with wine in there you will burn off the alcohol.

9/ When the syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add the star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm ladle it into glasses and serve.

How to make mulled wine

If you plan on entertaining over winter, mulled wine is a beautiful choice to have bubbling on the stove for when guests arrive. Not only will it fill the house with an amazing aroma, but it is also a lovely change from the standard glass of {cold} red wine that you might normally serve.

Do you have a favorite drink you like to serve visitors on cold nights?


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