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Two glass mugs of mulled red wine, on a red cloth surface with whole cinnamon sticks, citrus fruits, and decorative pine cones, with a brown wood background.

Mulled Wine

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


With holiday music in the air, the gift of mulled wine mix in a jar alongside a few special bottles of red is the best way to bring the joy of the season to someone you care for.



For the Mix:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped candied citrus peel (orange, lemon, and lime)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 dried bay leaves
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon pre-ground)
  • 1 medium whole vanilla pod
  • 2 whole star anise

For the Mulled Wine:

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 bottles dry red wine (1500 mL)
  • 1 orange (if omitting candied peel)
  • 1 lemon (if omitting candied peel)
  • 1 lime (if omitting candied peel)


To Make the Mix:

  1. In a pint-sized mason jar, layer the sugar, chopped candied citrus peel, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla pod, and whole star anise.
  2. Seal the jar and gift with 2 bottles of dry red wine and a small bottle of orange juice.
  3. If you opt to skip the candied citrus peel, you can include an orange, a lemon, and a lime with your gift presentation instead.

To Make the Mulled Wine (with Candied Citrus Peel):

  1. Halve the vanilla bean pod lengthwise.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the orange juice with the mulled wine mix and vanilla pod, and place over medium heat. Add just enough red wine to cover the sugar mixture.
  3. Simmer gently until the sugar dissolves completely, stirring occasionally. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Keep your mix at a rolling boil for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until it’s thickened and syrupy.
  4. When thickened, turn the heat down to low, and add the remainder of the wine. Heat gently for about 5 minutes, then ladle into glasses and serve. Don’t boil the wine in this step, as you’ll burn off the alcohol.

To Make the Mulled Wine (Without Candied Citrus Peel):

  1. Peel half of the lemon, half of the lime, and the entire orange. Remove as much pith from the peeled pieces as possible.
  2. Follow the instructions above, adding the citrus peels to the saucepan along with the other ingredients.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Christmas

Keywords: Christmas, mulled wine, hot beverage, cocktail