Mulled Wine

By Laura | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


Nothing is more comforting than a nice warm cup of delicious homemade mulled wine on a winter day. After researching and testing multiple recipes, I developed my own mulled wine recipe that's backed by history and science. This warm winter drink is perfect for all Christmas festivities!


• 1/2 cup honey
• 1 (750 mL) bottle dry red wine
• 1 entire peel from lemon
• 1 orange, peeled and juiced (keep peel)
• 4 whole cloves, crushed
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1/2 whole nutmeg, grated
• 2 fresh ginger slices, 1" long
• 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved
• Pinch of black pepper
• 1/2 cup brandy
• 2 star anise


➊ In a large pot, pour in honey and just enough wine just to cover the honey. Stir in lemon peel, orange peel, juice from orange, crushed cloves, cinnamon sticks, grated nutmeg, ginger slices, cranberries, and black pepper.
➋ Place the pot over medium heat and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
➌ After simmering, pour in the rest of the red wine, brandy, and star anise.
➍ Heat up the wine just until warm, about 174°F (79°C). Do not let boil.
➎ Strain the mulled wine into glasses and enjoy!


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