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How to make perfect mulled wine

December 23, 2012
Author: Emily Watts

Perfect Mulled Wine
If you’re inviting the neighbours over for some Christmassy nibbles, mulled wine is a great thing to offer. This method also works for grape juice or a mix of cranberry for anyone who wants to stay on top form.

‘Christmas time, mistletoe and wine…’

Spot the ready made sachet?


  • 70cl of your chosen base drink – either a nice full bodied red wine, red grape juice or cranberry juice.
  • 50ml orange juice
  • 50ml apple juice
  • Fine slices of orange and apple
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 Star anise
  • A cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • A whole nutmeg, grated a few times
  • 3 tbs sugar (I like to use light brown soft)
  • A six inch square of muslin and some string.


  1. Break up your cinnamon and grate some nutmeg into the middle of the muslin. Add cloves and star anise. Tie up the corners until you have a wee sachet. (Alternatively,  you can find ready made sachets in all good supermarkets, and they also abound in delis UK wide!)
  2. Pour your wine or juice into a big pan and warm gently. You want a slight simmer – don’t boil it!
  3. Add your spice sachet, along with the sugar and the added fruit juice. Add fruit slices at the end. Add an optional dash of brandy just before serving.
  4. Warm through and serve in heat-proof glasses – preferably with handles! Add friends and neighbours.


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