Mulled Wine: The Ultimate Winter Warmer

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Mulled Wine: The Ultimate Winter Warmer

I have a confession to make, I am a bit of a ‘Grinch’ so you have fair warning that my Mulled Wine will probably be as ‘Christmassy’ as my little site gets over the coming weeks… It’s not that I don’t like Christmas, quite the opposite, I love it, I just dislike the fact that it seems to last 8 weeks! However I do maintain that, just like puppies, Mulled Wine is not JUST for Christmas. I can not wait for the cold weather to arrive so that I can fire up our log burner all day long and leave a huge pot of this seasonal classic simmering away for days on end. The smell in the house is divine, the arrival of the cold weather also sees us getting many more people popping by to say hello, I am sure it has something to do with the offer of a hot glass of mulled wine rather than my sparkling personality 😉

As you can probably tell, I love this recipe so was delighted to be invited to join in on a little project with a group of other foodies to create a mini Christmas recipe book in aid of a fantastic charity. We have all donated our time to get ‘Project Christmas’ to you in time for the yuletide season and each of us have both an existing recipe, in my case this Mulled Wine, as well as a brand new and exclusive recipe. Now I have seen all of these recipes, everything from Breakfasts through to desserts and even a Grinch like me is gonna be cooking more than a few of them before I grow weary of Christmas! 

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I’m certainly not one of those needy type of food bloggers, but in this particular instance I will shirk my typically understated approach and say. PLEASE SHARE THE SNOT OUTTA THIS! Every penny we make from the sales of the book will be donated to No Kid Hungry and we really want to ensure that we can make a healthy contirbution and provide as many full bellies as we can over the Chirstmas period and the more people that see this and similar posts from my fellow contributors the more chance we have of making that happen, so even if mulled wine aint your thing, or even if Christmas aint your thing… Buy the book for just $8 by clicking here, or share this post and help spread the word by clicking any, or even better all the share buttons just below the pictures 😀

Mulled Wine


Mulled Wine: The Ultimate Winter Warmer

Call it what you will, Mulled Wine, Glühwein, Gløgg or anything else, a warming glass of wine is the perfect spicy treat for long cold and dark nights!

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Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Author Brian Jones


  • 2 Oranges. One just the juice and rind.
  • 3.75 L Red Wine. I am using my homebrew but you should use anything you like.
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks.
  • 50 g Ginger. Sliced into 5mm coins
  • 50 Black Pepper Corns.
  • 10 Star Anise.
  • 10 Cardamom Pods.
  • 200 g Honey.
  • 50 ml Black Treacle. Sub for molasses.
  • Amaretto. Optional, to serve.


  1. Stud the orange with the cloves and then add all of the ingredients with the exception of the honey and black treacle into a pan with a lid on and bring to a simmer.
  2. When the wine is simmering add in the honey and black treacle, reduce the heat to as low as possible add a tight fitting lid and allow to steep for at least one hour.
  3. Before serving add a good 'glug' of Amaretto to each glass, the rich almond flavour works wonderfully with mulled wine!

Recipe Notes

I leave a huge pan of this on our log burner for days, it reaches its peak after 3 days, however the recipe can be scaled down.

Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine

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  1. boastfulfood December 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Mulled cider is a must! Great recipe and great cause. I used to manage Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program here in Seattle. Great organization. Will definitely share your post!

    • Brian Jones December 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, we usually do a mulled cider too but our apple harvest was not good this year so no scrumpy 🙁

  2. Sandi (@sandigtweets) December 6, 2015 at 2:51 am - Reply

    I don’t mind you being a grinch as long as I can make your mulled wine. It looks wonderful 🙂

    • Brian Jones December 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Oh go on then, don’t forget the Amaretto 😉

  3. Adriana @changingplate December 6, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Glühwein is heavenly! I’m just grateful it’s only a thing for a little while or I’d be in big trouble! The again,there is red wine all the rest of the year….Thanks for a great recipe

    • Brian Jones December 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      I agree Adriana, it is fortunate the Mulled wine season is short, November through February for me 😉 😀

  4. Germaine December 6, 2015 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    This looks just the thing! getting cold and need something warming to drink in front of the tree!

    • Brian Jones December 7, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Definitely Germaine, however I’ll be supping down on this long after the tree goes 😉

  5. Cristie | Little Big H December 7, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I’m so making this one it sounds so delicious. Such great flavours. I very impressed that you have your own red wine brew – lucky you!

    • Brian Jones December 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Teehee, our grapes are a source of constant merriment… Make of that what you will 😉

  6. Jennifer December 7, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love mulled wine! Just have never had the notion to make it myself… so I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

    • Brian Jones December 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      It really is so much better than a blend or pre made version, you can also tweak the flavours a little too… So for me lots of black pepper and of course the unmissable amaretto 😀

  7. Kathy Hester December 8, 2015 at 3:34 am - Reply

    Love your addition of molasses. I’ve never had it in mulled wine and it sounds like it would be stunning!

    • Brian Jones December 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cathy, I love the dark almost bitter sweetness it add to mulled wine, works really well with the Amaretto I am obliged to add 😉

  8. Amanda December 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I have never had mulled wine, but this looks so pretty and delicious! I just may have to try it!

    • Brian Jones December 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks Amanda, not having tried mulled wine is definitely something that needs to be fixed 😉

  9. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way December 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    How did you get the wine not to slide down the tilted table?? Did you glue the bottom? 🙂

  10. Marissa @ OMG FOOD December 11, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Oh, I love mulled wine, though I almost never make it and I realize that’s a crime. I was just working on a list of appetizers to make for a small gathering tomorrow night and didn’t even think about the drink part yet. I’m making this!

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