There’s nothing quite like a glass of mulled wine to help you get into the Christmas spirit! Mulled wine has been around for hundreds of years and has had mentions in the festive Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, and everyone’s favourite classic Christmas flick It’s a Wonderful Life.

To this day, it’s still a festive favourite, and it’s extra delicious when made from scratch!

Check out our quick and easy recipe below to make your own yummy mulled wine. You can even add your own twist to the recipe by adding your favourite spices to the pan, or by adding more sugar and even some honey if you like it sweeter.

So get your favourite Christmas tunes on and let’s make a start!

Ingredients for mulled wine – serves 4-6:

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how to make your own mulled wine

When choosing your wine, we personally like a drop of Chianti, but you don’t need to be fussy. The beauty of mulled wine is that the wine is a background base for all the other flavours. It’s the perfect excuse to use that cheap and cheerful bottle of plonk that’s been sitting in the back of the cupboard all year. If you have time, why not make your own wine using a wine making kit? It’s great fun, and extra rewarding to make your mulled wine from scratch! Try our 30 bottle medium dry red wine making kit, which will provide plenty of wine for all your mulling needs. If you need to kit yourself out for wine making, our 6 bottle cabernet sauvignon wine starter kit is just the thing.

And here’s how to make it…

Step one: 

Take one of the oranges, and stud it with cloves.

Step two: 

Put the orange in a large saucepan and add the wine, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and mixed spice.

Step three: 

Add the cup of water and gently heat for 10 minutes, until all the sugar has dissolved. Be careful not to boil it – this will evaporate the alcohol, and we don’t want that!

Step four:

Slice the other orange, add to the saucepan and stir.

Step five: 

Sieve into a large jug, then serve and enjoy while it’s still hot!

mulled wine in a pan

If you’re feeling creative, serve with orange peel on the side of the glass, or use your favourite Christmas mugs instead of glasses!

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