Mulled Wine

When the winter months come around a sure fire way to warm yourself is with a glass of Mulled Wine. It will fill your home with rich aromas of cinnamon and spice and all things nice.

Mulled Wine
Quick Guide

Mulled Wine

What is it?
Mulled wine is a popular winter drink enjoyed served hot or warm. Traditionally, red wine that passed its peak was heated and then spices were added to mask the flavour of older wine. 

Where is it from?
Wine that had been heated and spiced was first recorded in 1st century Rome. Mulled Wine, as we know it today, is widely popular in England and also drunk throughout Europe and the US during winter time.
What does it taste like?
The taste of Mulled Wine begins with the wine that is used as a base, the flavour then deepens with fruity undertones being brought out with the addition of citrus and spice flavours.



Be careful not to boil the mixture once the wine has been added as boiling will decrease its alcohol content. This why they say the wine is "mulled", which basically means simmered rather than boiled.


  • 10 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 roughly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups water
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1 roughly chopped apple (skin on)
  • 750ml merlot


1. Heat cloves, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, water, orange rind and apple in a large saucepan over medium heat.
2. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add red wine and simmer for another 5 minutes. 
4. Remove from heat. Strain and divide amongst serving glasses. Serve immediately.
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