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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

  • Author: Tom
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-18 1x


  • 3 x 70c bottles of red wine (Chianti or Rioja works well)
  • 5 clementines
  • 3 Whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • ½ nutmeg – freshly grated
  • 250g golden granulated sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Best prepared several hours ahead of serving to allow the flavours to fully infuse. Pour the wine into a large, sturdy pan. Add the sugar, spices and vanilla bean paste.
  2. Slice the clementines (with the skins on) into 1cm discs and tumble into the wine.
  3. Stir over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved and the wine begins to steam – do not allow it to boil at any point as this will burn off the alcohol.
  4. When the sugar has dissolved and the wine has begun to steam, turn off the heat and clamp a lid onto the pan. Pop the pan to one side to rest for at least two hours before you’re ready to serve. I always make my mulled wine in a cast iron pan as I find this holds its heat better – aiding the spice infusion. Don’t worry if you don’t have a cast iron pan though – a normal one will suffice.
  5. About 20 minutes before you are ready to serve, return the pan to a low heat. Stir occasionally until the wine is steaming once more, before turning the heat down to the lowest setting. Again, don’t allow the liquid to boil.
  6. To serve, pour a 30-60ml measure of your favourite liquor into a mug or goblet and top up with mulled wine – capturing a slice of clementine in each cup for decoration. Drink while warm and enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Party drinks
  • Cuisine: British

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