Mulled Wine – Not Just For Christmas

Just going down the traditional ‘make do and mend’ sort of path here. Why not use left over wine to make a winter warmer?

Do you have red wine left over after Christmas? Don’t really know what to do with it?
Make mulled wine!
I made mulled wine for the first time ever this Christmas, and it went down really well! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a Christmas treat, make it a all-round winter treat.
If you’re curious about making it, or want to take the plunge and make it yourself, here’s a handy recipe.
I Googled this for hours, trying to find the best recipe without limes or lemons (I have an allergy). In the end, I mixed a few recipes together and ended up with something delicious of my own.
(Serves 7 people, 30 minuets to make.)
So, you will need:20161224_210421

  • 1 Bottle of Chianti wine. (Any red wine is good though!)
  • 1 Large orange.
  • 2 Star anise.
  • A few cloves.
  • 2 Bay leaves.
  • 1 Cinnamon stick.
  • 3-4 Pinches of ground nutmeg.
  • Caster sugar.
  • 1 Really fancy bottle. (Only if you’re gifting it.)



  • First of all, chop the orange into slices, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Then add them to the cool pan, off the heat.
  • Then add your star anise, ground nutmeg, cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon stick to the pan.
  • Add your wine immediately and add to heat. Do not allow your wine to boil.
  • After about 2 minuets of stirring, add your caster sugar. I added my sugar to taste, so add as much, or as little as you like. Standard recommendation seems to be 100g.
  • Keep stirring until all sugar has dissolved into the mixture.
  • Let it simmer for about 5 minuets and stand for 10.
  • Heat again for a couple of minuets.
  • If you’re not gifting it, now is the perfect time to let it cool slightly, and drink it. (yay!) Don’t forget, you can still eat the oranges, and its delicious!


  • If you are gifting your wine, let the mixture fully cool. (Even then take the oranges out and eat them, honestly, it’s so nice!)
  • Once cool, take the oranges, cinnamon stick and star anise out.
  • Use a strainer to pour the wine into a large jug with a spout, to get rid of any lumpy bits or sharp cloves.
  • Pour the wine into your bottle and leave the cap off for a while (preferably overnight. You don’t want your bottle exploding!)
  • Jazz up your bottle and gift away!

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I really enjoyed making it, and enjoyed drinking it even more. If you use this recipe, let me know how you got on.
Next year – Vodka!

Thank you for reading my second blog post! I’ll be posting vintage glamour very soon, along with the other categories on my blog. I just thought now would be the perfect time for a winter warmer pick me up.

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