There is nothing we love more than cosying up to a warm fire with festive mugs of mulled wine.
A spiced, red wine based drink, mulled wine has been served up around Christmas since the roman times. A way to warm you inside and out, a kick of brandy helps to offset the cold wintry weather.
Nowadays, it’s usually found on the stalls at Christmas markets, it’s aromatic, sweet fragrance filling the air. It’s a great festive alternative to a hot chocolate or even a hot toddy.
Our traditional mulled wine recipe is easy to make and will make you feel warm and festive inside. Make for yourself at home or serve at a Christmas soiree with friends and family on a cold winter night.
How to Make Traditional Mulled Wine
To make this recipe we recommend opting for a nice quality bottle of red to ensure a great finished product. Using cheaper bottles of wine will usually result in a lower quality tasting mulled wine.
Red wines with fruity undertones are the perfect pairing for mulled wine over the holiday season.
- 1 Bottle of Red Wine
- 1 Cup of Cognac
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 sliced orange (from your very own orange tree gift)
- 1 sliced lemon (from your very own lemon tree gift)
- Add your red wine, fruit, spies and sugar to a large saucepan. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes without boiling.
- Next, take off the heat and allow it to stand for 30 minutes so the spices and fruit can infuse into the wine. (For a stronger infusion, make the night before and allow fruit and spices to infuse over night.)
- When ready to serve, heat up once more without boiling and stir in your cognac.
- Strain and serve your wine in mugs or heatproof glasses.
- Drink cosied up next to the fire with a good Christmas film!