mulled wine recipe

Mulled wine is delicious, and is one of those traditions that people look forward to each year. It can contain alcohol or be alcohol free and comes in many flavours. This recipe is very nice but I am not going to be biased and say that it is the best simply because that would be down to your personal taste. The alcohol percentage varies from 7-14%.

This diy guide is easy to follow. The best wine to use to make mulled wine is either shiraz or merlot. The wine should also preferably not be stored in an oak barrels as it can add an undesirable flavour. That being said, you could experiment with various wines to find your favourite. When it comes to adding the orange, you may want to remove the peel first as it may add a bitterness to the mulled wine. When it comes to serving your mulled wine, you can garnish it with a cinnamon stick, a slice of orange, orange peel, or some cherries.

The brandy in mulled wine is optional, in fact many people like to swap it out for another spirit. Other popular choices are whiskey, rum, and port. Serve the mulled wine in your favourite mulled wine glasses and if you have made lots, you can use it to glaze ham, make mulled wine brownies, cakes, chutney, add it to a homemade jam for a seasonal twist or even add some into your christmas jus to complement the flavour of your roast dinner. 

You can adjust the recipe below to your taste, you can even add dried fruits to add a natural sweet flavour, popular dried fruits are raisins, currants, apricots, and prunes, and more. Red wine itself has antioxidants that can be good for you, but with the addition of the fruits and spices, it may have additional health benefits. Whilst mulled wine seems like the healthier choice in comparison to regular wine it does in fact have a whopping 400 calories per glass.

Keto friendly mulled wine

If you are following the keto diet, you can make your mulled wine keto friendly simply by reducing the amount of carbs added to the mulled wine and by skipping on the added honey. You can add your favourite sweetener instead. The expiry date of store bought mulled wine may be longer, however, homemade tends to only be good for around 3 days.

Mulled wine around the world

Mulled wine is loved around the world. In Czech Republic, mulled wine is known as "svařené víno" which literally means: boiled wine. In France it is known as 'vin chaud' which means hot wine, and those are just a few examples. Mulled wine is enjoyed throughout the world. In fact, originally the wine is said to be of greek origin. The wine was apparently heated by the Romans to keep them warm during the colder months. If you think about it, traditionally, it's still used the same way, especially if we have a white christmas. Slight variations of mulled wines exist throughout different cultures. In Spain they add bay leaves, and in Italy they add a little almond liqueur (amaretto) to the wine. In bulgaria they sometimes swap out oranges for lemons and add some peppercorn. 


  • 1 (750-ml.) bottle red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds, plus more for garnish
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 3 star anise
  • 90g honey
  • 120ml brandy (optional)


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. 
  2. Serve warm and garnish with more citrus slices and cinnamon sticks if desired.

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