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Mulled wine: a perfect midwinter drink

Last updated 9 November 2020

While summer is reigning in the northern hemisphere, it has been somewhat colder here in the south. To liven things up a little and draw our friends from their homes, we hosted a midwinter dinner. A last minute (but very welcome) addition was mulled wine.

My recipe is closer to the German glühwein than the traditional British mulled wine, and has always been received very favourably.


  • 1 orange, sliced

  • Peel of 1 lemon

  • 2 tbsp of caster sugar (more to taste)

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1 tsp dried juniper berries

  • Spiced rum (to taste, I use about a tablespoon)

  • 1 vanilla pod / 1 tsp pure vanilla essence

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 bottle red wine


  1. Gently heat the wine in a saucepan with the all of the ingredients apart from the rum.

  2. Leave on a low heat for about 15 minutes, but don’t allow to boil.

  3. Add the rum, and more sugar if needed.

  4. If it tastes a bit acidic add a pinch of baking soda – more sugar or honey won’t help!

  5. Strain and serve warm.

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