How to Make Homemade Mulled Wine, 3 Warm & Spicy Winter Warmers

How to make homemade mulled wineHow to make homemade mulled wine with a quick and easy recipe and a full traditional warm and spicy recipe.

Cradle a warming glass of mulled wine in your hands and it is more than just a drink it is a cup of memories.  They may be different for everyone, or perhaps the same.  For me, the warmth of the glass, the smell of the warmed wine and spices evoke memories of winters past. Of sitting by an open roaring fire, flickering flames, spitting wood.  Feeling the heat from the fire on my face.  Listening to family chatter or music in the background.

Or of times where I would visit local Christmas night markets and they’d serve hot mulled wine from large canvas tents and I’d cradle the wine between gloved hands the steam and the warms holding back the chill.  The sounds of Christmas carols of the bustle of shoppers and the lights of the tents of the vendors.

What memories does this warming spicy drink hold for you?  Perhaps you are about to make new memories?

How to Make Warm & Spicy Mulled Wine at Home the Very Easy Way

If you want a delicious mulled wine that is quick and easy to do you can easily buy a mixed bag of spices ready to use.  The advantage of that is the proportions are already right so you don’t have to mix everything, neither do you have to buy lots of different ingredients. If you prefer you can use the other recipe on this post that is completely made from scratch.

Ingredients for the Easy Method:

  • Ready made mixed spices of your choice
  • One  bottle of wine
  • Sugar (optional a couple of tablespoons)

Equipment Used:

  • One large Heavy saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve
  • Glasses


  1. Put one bottle of red wine into a large saucepan
  2. Pop in your spice mixture and stir
  3. If you are using sugar also add this now
  4. Heat your wine and spice mixture for 17-20 minutes on your hob. Heat but do not let it boil
  5. Drain out the spices with a sieve and pour into glasses to drink

How to Make Homemade Mulled Wine that will Warm the Cockles of your Heart

This is a very traditional warming mulled wine that is easy to make.

Need a Smaller Amount? It is also easy to reduce down to one bottle of wine if you want a smaller amount.  Just half the ingredients.

Time to Make: Preparation 3-5 mins, cooking 17-20mins

Ingredients for Making the Mulled Wine:

  • cinnamon, orange and star aniseCinnamon Quills/Sticks, one stick if cinnamon
  • Star Anise , 3/4 stars
  • Oranges (unwaxed) 2 large oranges
  • Lemon 1 lemon
  • Cloves 4 whole cloves
  • Sugar Caster sugar if you have any (140g)
  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine of choice, either dry or sweet depending on your taste
  • Nutmeg a small amount of grated nutmeg
  • 2 Bay leaves  if you have them

Equipment Needed:

  • One large Heavy saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve
  • Glasses

Method of Making the Wine

Mulled wine mix


  1. Peel one orange and slice one orange
  2. Peel the lemon
  3. Put the orange juice, lemon juice all of the peel from one orange and one lemon (keep back some of the slices for later) and the spices into the saucepan with the sugar and cover with some wine and heat very gently until the sugar has dissolved
  4. Now add the remainder of the wine
  5. Check to see if you are happy with how sweet your wine is.  If it is not sweet enough you can add more sugar making sure it also dissolves
  6. Add the slices of orange
  7. Turn the heat down and warm the wine for a few minute until warm
  8. If you prefer you can sieve the wine to remove any bits
  9. Once ready serve immediately


Jamie Oliver’s How to Make Mulled Wine with a Twist Video


  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 6 Star Anise 
  • Orange (unwaxed) 1 orange peeled and twisted
  • 1 Lime peeled and twisted
  • 1 Lemon peeled and twisted
  • 6 Cloves
  • 1 Split vanilla pod
  • 200g Sugar
  • 2 Bottle of Red Wine 
  • Nutmeg grated nutmeg
  • 100ml of Spiced rum


This quick video shows you how to make this mulled wine.


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