Mulled wine is full of festive flavours and is a real must if you like the taste in the countdown to Christmas time.
Mulled wine is a warming, festive drink that’ll get everyone in the Christmas spirit. While you may have tried it at a Christmas market or festive event, mulled wine is actually really easy to make at home too.
This recipe couldn’t be easier to make as it uses a ready-made spice sachet which you can buy at most supermarkets. You need to add oranges, orange juice and apples and a pinch of sugar if you like yours a little sweeter. The spice sachet is made up of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg among other spices, so you don’t need to worry too much about buying them separately. If you wanted, you could buy cinnamon sticks to serve in the mug with your mulled wine as decoration.
You can make big batches of this up – we’d advise it if you’re hosting a party, because your guests will keep going back for more! Make sure you’re stocked up on wine and your party will be a guaranteed hit! Love a good Christmas feast? We’ve got loads more lovely Christmas recipes right here!
- 75cl bottle red wine
- 300ml (1/2pt) water
- 300 ml (1/2 pint) orange juice
- 3 tbs caster sugar
- Mulled wine spice sachet
- 150 ml (1/4pt) brandy
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 apple
For this classic winter, Christmas cocktail place the wine, water, orange juice, sugar and Mulled Wine Spice Sachet in a large saucepan.
Heat to just below boiling point and hold this temperature for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the sachet. Stir in the brandy and fruit – then enjoy!
What does mulled wine taste like?
Due to the added sugar and fruit used in most recipes to make mulled wine, the drink usually has a sweeter and fruitier taste to normal wine. As a winter drink it's served at a warmer temperature, and most recipes involve a hint of spice like cinnamon to really give it a kick of flavour.
How to store mulled wine
If you want to store your homemade mulled wine you should first let it cool down to room temperature. Once it's cooled, store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. The wine should be good for up to three days when stored this way. When you'd like to enjoy another glass, pour your cooled mulled wine into a pre-heated saucepan on a low heat. Stir every once in a while until your wine is warm to the touch - just don't let the wine boil as this could reduce the flavours!