Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled Wine -
Hi, I'm Johanna, and I blog over at Our Joyful Home! I'm super excited to be here talking to all of Amanda's awesome peeps, so I'm bringing something special: Mulled wine. 

I had actually never heard of mulled wine until I met my husband, who is from Manchester, England. The first time he told me about Christmas at home he talked about the Manchester Christmas Markets, and how they would go there and get mulled wine from a little booth, all surrounded by music and holiday revelry. He described it so magically, and I'm such a sucker for any type of special Christmas item, that I was dying to try it. 

Over the years I've tried out a few different versions and finally settled on my own little twist on a very classic recipe. This always serves to make our Christmas a little more merry, and I hope it will do the same for you! 

1 bottle red wine, I usually use Merlot 
3 cups unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup honey 
The zest and juice from one large orange
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves 

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a very light simmer for 10 minutes, then strain into mugs and enjoy! I love to garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick, it looks so pretty that way. 

A note about the alcohol content: Simmering it this way means that there is almost no alcohol left. This really doesn't bother me, but if you want it to have a little more kick you can simmer all of the ingredients except the wine, and add the wine just a couple of minutes before serving, just letting it get hot. And if you're really feeling adventurous, you can add a quarter cup of brandy in with the wine at the end. 

Cheers to a beautiful holiday, everyone! 

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I don't know about you guys but I am going to get all of these ingredients and whip up a batch for Christmas Eve, because com'n that looks and sounds amazing! Thank you again Johanna for putting together such a great guest post. 

x's and o's


  1. Hi Johanna!! Mulled wine is my favorite! I love that you included how to do it both ways - kind of a cocktail and mocktail mashup. The brandy really adds a nice flavor (and kick!) though so I often make it with both.

    xx Kathryn

  2. This sounds amazing! I am going to have to give this a try!

    XO, Erica


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