This is Cosy Winter Drinking at its best

Warm, delicious and basically a wintertime sangria. Mulled wine is undoubtedly one of the best things ever invented.

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what you’ll need

  • Oranges
  • Sugar
  • Red Wine (Merlot is a favourite for this)
  • Cinnamon quills
  • Cloves
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Mulled wine is undoubtedly one of the best things ever invented. Smelling of Christmas and tasting like heaven, it’s the drink equivalent of settling into a warm bath.

The recipe has loads of wiggle room for you to perfect to your taste, but with glorious key features like cinnamon, orange and red wine it’s the merry drink you’ll want all winter long. Served in Germany at Christmas time, in a mug and shamelessly enjoyed in the morning, just shout “It’s festive!” to anyone giving you the side eye over your hot mug of wine, and enjoy. My recipe is a simplified version that I swear by, but you can get as elaborate as you like, adding anything from vanilla pods, star anise, or even rum.

One of my best memories was being caught in a snow storm with a friend on a walk home and the only thing keeping morale up was shouting Madonna songs into the wind and nipping into the corner store to pick up supplies so we could sip homemade mulled wine and wait the bad weather out. So if the weather’s miserable or you just want to drink wine while making your kitchen smell like a Christmas miracle, this is for you.


Like a champ, empty the bottle of wine into a saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add a quill of cinnamon and two cloves.


Cut the orange into quarters and squeeze the juice into the wine mix, before adding the pieces of orange to the pot. Stir through three tablespoons of sugar and allow to dissolve.


Allow wine to gently heat up until warmed through, about 10 minutes. Taste your mix and tweak ingredients to your liking, a little extra orange and sugar can help sweeten it up.


Serve in your favourite, very large mug, garnished with a cinnamon quill and enjoy while wearing super comfortable sweatpants and fluffy socks.


Kate Jones is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her special skills include the tactical avoidance of wearing pants, an ability to eat near fatal quantities of Nutella and the justification of cupcakes for breakfast. Kate chronicles her stories of food and travel fun at
In her spare time Kate enjoys reading, avoiding long walks on the beach and assuring people of wine’s ability to evaporate. When Kate grows up (properly) she would like to publish a cookbook and own a really, really nice set of pots.

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