Holiday Mulled Wine


The weather is getting colder and the days are now shorter, it’s not even December yet but my soul craves that warm and comforting holiday cheer.  My husband and I were out running errands. The mall was lit up with Holiday decorations and carols were playing throughout.

On a whim my husband turns to me and says,

“Let’s go home and have Panettone and mulled wine. Do we have what we need to make mulled wine?”

We didn’t. So off we went to three different places to get all the spices, the wine and the Panettone, an Italian sweet bread – a personal favourite of mine. To me it just screams holiday time, so from the beginning of November, until January it becomes a staple on our weekly grocery list.  I will likely dedicate a future post entirely to panettone – that’s how much I love it!


mulled wine 1


This is honestly the first time I’ve made mulled wine myself, I make a lot of mulled hot apple cider, but never mulled wine.  Even as I’m typing this I had to turn to Deep and ask,

“Why did you want mulled wine and not hot apple cider?”

Nobody wants no stinking apple cider because I don’t like apple cider”

Well there you go the answer is so simple.

What’s your favourite holiday drink?





Holiday Mulled Wine

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 1 bottle of dry Italian wine
  • ½ cup of honey or granulated sugar*
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick plus more for garnish
  • 1 whole allspice
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground orange peel
  • 4 ounces brandy (optional)


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemon and orange skin. Once peeled, juice the orange and lemon.
  2. Combine the wine, honey or sugar, juice of the orange and lemon, spices and dried ground orange peel in a saucepan.**
  3. Heat the liquid to a simmer for 20 minutes. Make sure it does not boil.
  4. Add Brandy to the saucepan just before serving.
  5. Pour into mugs and garnish with additional cinnamon stick if desired.


* I used a combination of honey and granulated sugar, mostly because I ran out of honey and did not have a full ½ cup left. When I tasted the mulled wine, it need a little extra sweetness so I added some sugar as well.

** I placed the smaller loose spices, allspice, cloves and the ground orange peel into a spice bag to prevent having to strain the mulled wine at the end.



  1. Liz

    Was just at the Distillery’s Christmas market and had some mulled wine and was wondering how to make it. And voila, here’s a recipe! By the way, great pictures.

  2. Lita

    A fantastic start to your blog, Sarah and Deep! Superb presentation. Phenomenal photographs. Yummy recipe. I’m looking forward to following you on your new adventure.

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