Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe

There is nothing we love more than cosying up to a warm fire with festive mugs of mulled wine.

How to Make 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.


Traditional Mulled Wine Recipe


  • 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)



  1. Add your red wine, fruit, spies and sugar to a large saucepan. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes without boiling.
  2. 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.)
  3. When ready to serve, heat up once more without boiling and stir in your cognac.
  4. Strain and serve your wine in mugs or heatproof glasses.
  5. Drink cosied up next to the fire with a good Christmas film!