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How To Make Mulled Wine For Christmas

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Verity is a physics with teaching BSc (Hons) graduate. In her spare time, she likes to cook, read and play video games.

About Mulled Wine

I first came across this recipe when I was in my first year at university and it went down a storm. It has become a firm Christmas and winter staple among my friends and family, and nothing beats that feeling of sitting around on a cold night chatting and holding a warm delicious mug of mulled wine. Scroll down for the ingredients and instructions. If you try this recipe please do comment below on how it went, enjoy!


Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 bottles worth of wine


  • 2 Bottles Red Wine
  • 2 Clementines
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Lime
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 6 Cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaves, (Optional)
  • 2 Star Anise
  • A Sprinkle of Nutmeg
  • 3 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Peel the clementines, lemon and lime.
  2. Add the sugar to a large saucepan over medium heat, add the peels and squeeze in the juice of the clementines.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, vanilla extract and nutmeg.
  4. Stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved, then bring to the boil. Boil until you have a very thick syrup.
  5. Turn the heat down to low, add the star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Then serve.

Hints and Tips

When serving I like to add the cinnamon sticks and the star anise into the mugs with the wine as a decoration and it never fails to make people smile.

You don't need to use any expensive wine for this process and the cheapest available will do. If you don't enjoy having your wine as sweet, you can add less sugar. If you prefer to have more of a fruity taste to your wine then you can add more clementines to the recipe as desired.

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