Holiday Cooking With Herbs: Mulled Wine

Holiday Cooking With Herbs

Mulling wine was historically a way of making bad wine drinkable again, by heating it up with a handful of spices, sugar and herbs until it becomes fragrant and sweet. Mulled Wine is synonymous with Christmas both managing to capture all the familiar smells we love, and providing us with a satisfying warm drink for those cold winters nights.

Mulled Wine

This recipe uses a few herbs as well as the traditional spices, which I feel add something a little extra without loosing the nostalgia. It’s also worth pointing out that you need to avoid overheating the wine - which would make the alcohol evaporate and change the taste.

I’d suggest drinking this in the same way I do - snuggled up with your loved ones watching a festive film such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (cheesy but oh so festive!).

This article also forms part of Kalyn’s “Holiday Cooking With Herbs” event.

Mulled Wine Recipe - Ingredients

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 65g Sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Pinch of Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Orange
  • 1 Tsp Cloves
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary
  • 1 Dry Bayleaf

Mulled Wine Recipe - Method

  1. Place wine and all ingredients into a saucepan over a low heat
  2. Continue slowly heating until very hot but not bubbling (it should be smelling very nice by now!)
  3. Pour out into mugs and drink while still hot.


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11 Responses to “Holiday Cooking With Herbs: Mulled Wine”

  1. Shannon Says:

    I’ve never had the opportunity to try mulled wine. Never even heard it before I married into a Swedish family. I look forward to making it soon. I can feel it warming me up already.

  2. Kalyn Says:

    I think this sounds very good. I bet the rosemary is a very nice touch with the other flavors.

  3. Aidan Brooks Says:

    I will definitely be making mulled wine this weekend and your recipe looks great to me. One tip I picked up at Borough Market was to add to sweet white wine with the red and reduce the sugar, thereby substituting some fructose for some sucrose. I also think some lemon would give a tart edge to offset the sweetness. It will be my first time, so I’ll experiment and post a note to say how it went.

  4. Michelle Says:

    This sounds warm and cozy. I think it just got added to my list, thanks! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to You and Yours! :)

  5. Vani Says:

    I’d not heard of mulled wine. Sounds interesting.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2007!

  6. peabody Says:

    I always feel like I should be sitting in a ski lodge when I have mulled wine. It is yummy.

  7. Linda @ Brazilian Food Love Says:

    Mulled wine is a must at christmas and i got some ready spices from Sweden, just to heat up with the wine. Nice!

    Like the recipe but i’ve never heard of bayleaves or rosemary in mulled wine.. interesting.I’ll try that sometime :)
    Merry Christmas and happy new year!!

  8. scott Says:

    Shannon: I’d not tried it myself till about 5 years ago…

    Kalyn: It adds a certain something extra without detracting from the “christmasyness” of it.

    Aidan Brooks: Excellent tip. I’ve made it before using lemon but never thought about it quite so scientifically!

    Michelle: Have a great Christmas to you, too!

    Vani: Happy Christmas and a great new year!

    Peabody: I’d be scared to death of breaking a leg while skiing. The ski lodge sounds nice, though.

    Linda @ Brazilian Food Love: It’s one of those things you can experiment with quite a lot. Merry Christmas and a fab New Year to you, too!

  9. Simonetta Says:

    Scott, best wishes of a Great 2007!

  10. Lil Says:

    mulled wine is the best thing on a cold wintry day… ahhhhhh… :)

  11. Gitit Says:

    Hey Scott,
    Just wanted to wish you Happy Holiday and wonderful New 2007.
    Hope we will have another round of EBBP it was great fun.
    Wishing you a year of good cooking, great writing, a year of success and peace.
    Wishing to read more of your blog.

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