Mulled wine recipe – a classic winter warmer for cozy evenings

Spiced, citrusy and just delicious, this is the only mulled wine recipe you will ever need. And, it's our top choice of cocktails right now

mulled wine recipe
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This mulled wine recipe is rich and zesty in flavor by using real spices and citrus juice. Of course, lots of stores stock pre-mixed bottles of mulled wine around this time of year, and you can also buy sachets of mulled wine mix, but we have no time for that and homemade mulled wine is simply way more delicious. 

Make it properly, from scratch in your own kitchen and you'll fill your home with the scent of the festive season. Could that get any more jolly? It's SUPER easy, cheap and you simply can't beat this classic cocktail on a chilly fall or winter night, better yet, on Halloween...

What's even better about this recipe is that you can mull your wine in a slow cooker or simple pan, depending on your preference.

What wine is best for mulled wine?

The best wine for mulled wine is something fairly full-bodied in flavor. You don't want anything too light as the other ingredients will infuse so much so that it will simply mask the taste. So Malbecs, Zinfandels and Syrahs are on the table, while you should stay clear of pinot noirs. Let's reiterate again that you shouldn't spend a fortune on your bottle either, that is the beauty of mulling!

Mulled wine recipe


To serve 3-4 people (sensible people), you will need:

  • A bottle of inexpensive dry red wine
  • Cinnamon, two sticks
  • Star anise, two
  • Cloves, four
  • Caster sugar, 2 cups/250g
  • The juice of a clementine or satsuma
  • The juice of half an orange
  • The rind of the orange and clementine, finely grated


Of course, you can simply combine the ingredients together and simmer, but to create the best possible flavor, we recommend the following:

1. Warm a non-stick pan and gently simmer the citrus rind, juice, and sugar, until a citrus caramel forms.

2. Add the wine and the spices and continue simmering, but make sure the wine does not boil.

3. After about 10 minutes, transfer into a slow cooker and simmer on the lowest setting for about an hour. Strain and serve in heat-proof glasses. 

Serving tip: depending on the event, why not decorate your glasses with a slice of orange, Halloween-inspired umbrella or even a mini candy cane? Cute.

Can you keep mulled wine?

Should you happen to have mulled wine left over (unlikely) or if you're trying to get organized ahead of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or just a Saturday night in, you can make mulled wine ahead of time. Simply let it cool before transferring it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for about three days, and bring it to room temperature before heating through (not boiling) again. 

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