The ultimate mulled wine recipe

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When the going gets cold, the cold make mulled wine. This deliciously aromatic and comforting brew takes mere minutes to make, but will flood your home with the welcoming smell of citrus, cinnamon, vanilla and – of course – red wine for hours.

Just make sure you’ve got all the ingredients for this mulled wine recipe together before you start, so all you have to do is pop them in the pot and choose the prettiest glasses to serve it in. We like adding an extra cinnamon stick and some slices of orange to serve, but you can pimp it up as much as you like for a total Instagram meltdown.

Others may claim to have the ultimate recipe for mulled wine. But I dare you – and them – to try this one and not agree that perfection has now been achieved.


  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 whole nutmeg, grated
  • 2 cups water
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier or Brandy
  • 750 ml red wine


It’s really just a matter of assembling all the ingredients for your mulled wine – except for the wine and Grand Marnier or Brandy – in a heavy bottomed saucepan and warm on a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the wine and heat through for 3 – 4 minutes. Don’t let it boil! When it’s warmed through add the Grand Marnier or Brandy, give it a good mix then serve.

This quantity makes at least 8 servings. (Depending on the size of your glasses.)



  1. Emily

    What type of red is best?

    1. The Fabulous Ladies

      Really doesn’t matter too much Emily, but something fruity – like a warm climate Merlot or Shiraz – works really well!

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