How To Make Mulled Wine


This mulled wine recipe is the perfect tipple for the festive season brimming with all the flavours of Christmas

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  • Serves 6

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Cooking time 10 mins

  • Total time 20 mins

  • Skill level Easy

  • Prepare ahead yes


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 50g (2oz) Demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • grating nutmeg
  • 2tbsp Grand Marnier or Cointreau


Mulled wine is a classic Christmas recipe that's perfect for getting a crowd into the festive spirit and making your own mulled wine recipe is so much nicer than buying a pre-prepared mix, not to mention much better value, too. The warming flavours from oranges, lemons, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg all combine to give a heady and fragrant taste.

Depending on what you like you could try spiking your mulled wine with different things - think berries, herbs and spices. If you want a particularly fruity flavour you could try frozen summer fruits - just make sure they're thoroughly warmed through before you serve your mulled wine up to guests.

This mulled wine recipe really is best made on the day, but that doesn't mean you can't prep ahead. Once you know you're going to be making mulled wine for your evening you can get going by portioning up your spices and fruit. Little muslin bags are perfect for this, and then you can just drop them straight into your wine when you're ready to steep and serve your Christmas drinks.

How To Make Mulled Wine
  1. Place all the ingredients except the Grand Marnier or Cointreau in a saucepan with 300ml (1/2 pt) water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see whether it is sweet enough and add more sugar if desired.

  2. Remove from the heat, add the Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Stir well, strain into heatproof glasses and serve immediately.