Spice up your Christmas with Mulled Wine

Sipping a sweetly spiced glass of mulled wine is a classic part of the Christmas season. So here’s a delicious and easy recipe to make mulled wine at home.

Whether you’re visiting a Christmas market or celebrating at home, the sweetly spiced scent of mulled wine is a classic part of the Christmas season.

So when you’re planning your Christmas festivities, mixing up some mulled wine is sure to raise some Christmas spirit.

There are lots of different recipes around, but this is my personal favourite. I have been making mulled wine every Christmas for around 20 years now, and I keep on coming back to this old favourite.

It’s important to pick the right wine to act as the base of your mulled wine. It’s not worth splashing out on a very expensive bottle, because you’re going to be adding layers of flavour to it. But on the other hand, you don’t want to pick a bottle that you wouldn’t normally drink, because the chances are that you won’t enjoy the end result.

I usually go for a medium-bodied Malbec, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, rather than a lighter Grenache or Shiraz. I prefer not to use a full-bodied wine because it can overpower the delicate fruits and spices.

If you’re making this ahead of time, you can remove the fruit and spices to prevent the flavours from overdeveloping. You can add a few fresh slices of fruit and spices as a garnish when you serve the wine.

Classic Mulled Wine

This easy recipe for mulled wine is full of Christmas flavours. Use a decent bottle of red wine as the base, but you don't need to spend too much on it.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 glasses
Author: The Christmas Guide


  • Large saucepan


  • 1 orange
  • 750 ml red wine (Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 100 ml weak Earl Grey tea
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 tbsp brandy or more to your personal taste!


  • Wash the oranges in warm water, scrubbing them to remove any wax coating.
  • Cut the oranges in half lengthways, and then slice thinly into half-moons.
  • Pour the wine into a large saucepan. Add the tea, sugar, spices and fruit and stir over a low heat til the sugar has dissolved.
  • Increase the heat slightly and simmer gently for 15 minutes. It's important not to let the wine boil or the alcohol will evaporate – the surface of the wine should just gently shiver.
  • Stir in the brandy and taste. If required, you can add more sugar or brandy to the mulled wine at this point.


If you’re making the mulled wine ahead of time, remove the fruit and spices to prevent their flavour becoming overpowering. You can add a garnish of fruit slices and spices when you serve the wine.
When you’re ready to serve the mulled wine, reheat it gently over a low heat to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. 

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