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The Best Mulled Wine Recipe

Learn my secret to making the best mulled wine recipe ever! The secret step is really simple, but it adds an incredible boost of flavour. Everyone will want to know how you made it!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 150 kcal


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 bottle (750ml) red wine at room temperature
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 orange sliced into rounds


  • Place the sugar, cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg into a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Watch over the pan until the sugar begins to melt (around 5 minutes). At this point, use a metal spoon to stir the sugar so it melts evenly.
  • When the sugar is fully melted, pour in the red wine. The sugar will harden, but this is fine. Continue stirring, scraping the spoon along the bottom of the pan to remove the hardened sugar. 
  • When all the sugar has separated from the bottom of the pan, add the orange juice, grapefruit juice and orange slices into the saucepan. Leave over a medium-low heat for a further 20 minutes to allow the flavours to become bolder and the sugar to dissolve.
  • Sieve the mulled wine into a jug (optional: add the orange slices back into the jug) and leave to cool to room temperature. When cooled, cover the jug's opening with some plastic wrap and leave to stand for 5 days before serving.