Christmas cheer! How to make the perfect mulled wine

Winter nights call for a glass of mulled wine (or a few!) but what exactly is it and how do you make mulled wine.


When musing how to make mulled wine, the great thing to know is that there’s no one way to make it. Add glamour and va-va-voom to suit your taste, and remember – it’s always good to experiment. Mulled wine should reflect your own unique style – bold, brave and original!

Of course, you need to get the basics down first. If you’re looking to make mulled wine for the first time, here’s our tried and tested recipe, simple enough for beginners and a great basis for you to tailor to your taste.

Mulled Wine Ingredients: Cinnamon, orange, cardamom, clove, anise and red wine

Mulled wine recipe

(serves around 12 people, less if you hate sharing)

  • 2 bottles of our delightfully rich, smooth and vibrant Madame F Rouge

  • 2 small cinnamon sticks

  • 2 clementines

  • 150g light brown sugar

  • 2 star anise

  • 4 cloves

  • 1 piece of nutmeg, grated

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 50ml brandy, optional

  1. Add one bottle of wine, cinnamon, sugar, star anise, cloves, nutmeg and lemon zest into a pan. Add clementine segments to the mix (you can add the peel, too, if you want extra flavour).

  2. Cook on high heat for around ten minutes until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the other bottle of wine and brandy if using, stir and reduce to a low heat for ten minutes, allowing the wine to infuse. Make sure it does not boil.

  4. Ladle into mugs or heatproof mulled wine glasses and voilà! Your mulled wine is ready!

‘Tis the season to be jolly…’ and you certainly will be brimming with seasonal joy with a spicy, festive mug of mulled wine warming away winter chills. Fancy creating your own? We think yule be toasting in Christmas cheer with our delicious recipe and a step-by-step guide on how to make it.

Christmas is the perfect excuse to get together with your besties – whether remotely over Zoom or as a small gathering. From glamming it up in fabulous sequins and killer heels and being a festive karaoke diva to a more relaxed Netflix and chill session, it’s time to bask in the warmth of great company and good times.

And what better way to bring everyone together than an extra special mulled wine recipe. It’s a classic that’s up there with mistletoe, tinsel, and fabulous stockings over the fireplace – it’s the epitome of Christmas in a cup, dahling.

But how do you make mulled wine, and most importantly – when does the party begin?

Best wine for mulled wine

While you can make mulled white wine, tradition favours the classic red, which remains the most popular version. Luckily for us, it’s extremely simple to make at home.

Yet, just because you’re warming the wine, it doesn’t mean you should opt for any old bottle of plonk. If you wouldn’t normally drink a cheap bottle of wine, then you won’t enjoy it even when it’s been warmed through, so choose a wine you actually like. Look for a good-quality red such as our very own bold and spicy Madame F Rouge to create a rich and smooth mulled wine – it tastes divine and is as fabulously good as it looks!

The best red wine for mulled wine should be dark and bold, with a deep berry flavour (hello Madame F – you gorgeous one of a kind). A rich Malbec is an ideal choice, but a Shiraz is also great if you fancy something a little, well, spicier. Choosing a wine with a robust taste is essential, so the additional herbs and spices don’t overpower it. A wine high in alcohol with lots of fruit and vanilla notes is an excellent choice to blend with the different additional flavourings.

How to serve mulled wine

You can drink mulled wine cold, but the traditional way is warmed up, fresh off the stove – perfect for a cold evening! It can be served in anything, but heatproof mulled wine glasses or mugs are ideal for showing off the deep red colour, and the handle helps protect your hands from the heat.

Make it fabulous

To make the wine look extra special, accessorise with a slice or two of orange (candied is ideal for a sweet treat) or a twist of orange zest. Cinnamon sticks add to the festive vibe and double up as great stirrers.

Drink in the company of your best gal pals or loved ones, along with a box or three of mince pies. Or, if you’re fancy, a cheeseboard or fondue will go perfectly with the wine. Mulled wine is also great for a wintery evening stroll, so pour it into a flask and enjoy the chill while the rich and spicy drink warms you up. It’s even perfect for sitting by the fire and watching a cheesy Christmas film. No matter who you’re with and whatever you’re doing – make it a truly festive moment with a cup of this herby, spicy drink. Cheers!

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