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Holiday Mulled Wine

This spiced mulled wine recipe is the perfect drink for a winter evening by yourself or with family and friends and only takes 30 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine British


  • 1 bottle (750ml) red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2-3 splash orange liquor (Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Mariner)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (unfiltered, raw apple juice)
  • 1 orange, peeled and juiced (peels and juice reserved)
  • 1/2 orange, thinly sliced (about 1 in. thick)
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 6 whole juniper berries (optional)
  • 1 whole cardamom pod (optional)
  • 1 tbsp honey


  • Peel one whole orange. Try to get as little of the white pith on the peel as possible. Add the peel to a pot large enough for all ingredients.
  • Take the same orange you peeled and juice the orange juice into the pan with the peels.
  • Slice half of your second orange into 4-5 slices and add to your pot. Save remaining half for garnish.
  • Add all of the other ingredients and turn to medium heat till steam is visible but not bubbling.
  • Turn the pot to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness with more honey if necessary.
  • Strain wine from the other ingredients. Serve hot and garnish with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cranberries if desired!


Apple Cider can be subbed for Honey. 1/2 c of juice = 2 tbsp honey
Keyword wine, winter