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Mulled Wine


Mulled wine is a holiday tradition at our house. Simple to make, the warmed wine and spices fills the home with a wonderful aroma and cheerfulness. It's the perfect way to start any winter party. Cheap wine is okay for this recipe, just make sure it's something you would also drink cold.

Reprinted with permission from How to Drink by Victoria Moore (Andrews McMeel 2009).

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 glass brandy or port
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch apple pie spice
  • sugar to taste (optional)


Serves 6.

In a saucepan, gently heat the wine and spirit. Stick the cloves into the orange slices. Add the cinnamon, clove-spiked orange slices, mixed spice, and sugar. Simmer for 15 minutes, and then serve.

“Tempranillo from Spain is one good option, and Chilean Merlot works well too, because it’s sturdy and fruity but not so distinctive that it can’t make a good canvas for the spices.”

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