The Best Mulled Wine Recipe

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There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a glass of homemade mulled wine. Whether it’s the family tradition of having a glass whilst decorating your home, catching up with friends, or having a cup to hand while browsing the stalls at festive markets, mulled wine is a Christmas classic.


The Ancient Greeks were the first to bring our favourite festive tipple to the forefront, with the purpose to defend their bodies against cold winters. They’d add herbs and spices to make the flavour of the wine more exciting. Fast forward to today, it seems they left quite the impression as mulled wine is enjoyed by millions every year and proves extremely popular across Europe.


You might be wondering what to put in mulled wine, or what’s the best wine for mulled wine? The truth is it is one of the quickest and easiest things to make, and the beauty is that the longer you leave it, the more flavour you’ll get.


Follow our winemaker’s method below for our traditional mulled wine recipe…

Traditional Mulled Red Wine

Serves 4

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine (the best red wine for mulled wine is something fruity, opt for a merlot)
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 sliced orange
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Add all your ingredients to a saucepan or slow cooker, stir and leave to simmer. When you lift the lid of the pan, you’ll be able to smell the aroma of spices which will let you know your mulled wine is ready for you to enjoy.


Did you know you can also make mulled gin? Why not use our Bolney Estate Gin and try it for yourself. Find our delicious recipe here.


Why not join us on Fridays throughout December for mulled wine and festive foodie treats at our Festive Friday events? Find out more and book your space here.