Mulled Wine

This is one of my favourite things about the weather getting cold. I am not one for seasonal food generally (in terms of only eating salads in summer and stews in winter kind of seasonality) but this definitely only really works when it’s heading towards zero degrees and it’s dark outside. It makes the kitchen smell lovely,  it’s budget since you can use the cheapest red wine available (even boxed wine) and it basically tastes like Christmas. Some of the alcohol will burn off, so it’s more of a gentle hit than actual wine, but if you want something with more of a kick to it, add vodka like the Scandinavians. Cointreau is also nice. Serves 1-5, depending on the calibre of your liver.


  • 1 Bottle of cheap red wine (don’t bother getting a nice bottle, it really makes no difference, thats what is so great about mulled wine)
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks (or 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon)
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of dried powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg.
  • 2-4 tablespoons of sugar


  • Heat the wine in a large saucepan on a low heat.
  • Add all of the spices, as well as the peel of the orange and lemon.
  • Add two tablespoons of sugar.
  • Leave to simmer gently for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste. Depending on the wine and your personal taste, it may need more sugar.
  • Strain and serve.
  • It can be reheated.

2 thoughts on “Mulled Wine

  1. It reminds me think of Christmases in Germany but it is too hot here in NZ to enjoy but we do sometimes do a mid winter Christmas dinner in July for the expats.

  2. Is winter in NZ still warm? I spent a winter in Melbourne and that definitely merited mulled wine, but Melbourne seems to be a weird extreme weather hotspot. I’ve spent the last two winters in Holland so its close enough weather-wise to Germany, but with a sad lack of gluhwein in most bars, hence making it at home.

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