Alice’s Mulled Wine

Local volunteer Alice’s recipe for mulled wine, ready for the Primrose Hill Christmas Drink with the Neighbours (online)


  • 1 x 750ml bottle medium-bodied red wine
  • 300ml water
  • 6 cubes sugar (or 6 heaped tsp)
  • 1 orange – sliced
  • 3-4 whole cloves (if you want to experiment with more spices, add a star anise and/or 2-3 cardamom pods, or a little grated ginger and 2-3 peppercorns)
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg (or to taste)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste)
  • 1 small measure strong spirits or orange liqueur (curacao, brandy, grappa, or similar) – optional

How to make

  1. 1. Put all the ingredients – apart from the spirit/liqueur – into a stainless steel saucepan (or similar), stir well to dissolve the sugar, and cook over low-medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, so it steams gently – DO NOT BOIL!
  2. 2. During heating, crush the orange slices against the pan to release the flavour.
  3. 3. Remove from the heat and add the brandy or orange liqueur, then keep covered to avoid the alcohol evaporating and the mulled wine cooling. 
  4. 4. Use a ladle or small jug to fill heat-proof glasses or mugs, keeping back the cloves and other whole spices.
  5. 5. If storing any mulled wine you haven’t drunk, remove the whole spices and the large pieces of orange, and decant the liquid back into the wine bottle. Keep in the fridge – for a day or two at most – and re-heat gently…

Cheers!  Alice



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Last Updated on 14th December 2020 by Jason