Mulled Wine

Warm, spicy mulled wine is a wonderful winter drink.

Yield 6-8 servings
Time about 20 minutes
  • large non-reactive pot
  • strainer
  • stainless steel or glass ladle
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4-6 whole cloves
  • ½-1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1-2 oz brandy


  • ½-1 c sugar
  • 1-3 c water
Directions Heat the wine over medium-low heat. When it’s warm to the touch, add the fruit, spices, and brandy. When hot, taste and optional sugar or water.

Strain and serve warm, garnished with a fresh cinnamon stick, orange or lemon wedge, or candy cane.

Notes This is a very flexible recipe; change the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Use reasonably priced dry red wine, such as burgundy, merlot, or cabernet sauvignon.

Never let the mulled wine boil.

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