As a follow-up to yesterdays post about apple cider, the best adult variation of hot mulled cider is hot mulled red wine!  The joy of this recipe is that it is a PERFECT use for cheap red and it will taste spectacular with seasonal vegetables and roasted meat or stews that all give you warm fuzzies in the bottom of your belly 😉


  • One bottle (750 mL) of red wine
  • One peeled and sliced orange
  • 1 T. orange zest
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 2/3 cup honey or sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)


To make the perfect cup of mulled wine, combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve. Ladle the mulled wine into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!

Tips- Taste, taste, taste!  With any spiced drinks, the recipe is a suggestion of ingredients, but you may have different preferences.  If you know that you and yours are cinnamon fanatics, then make the recipe once and season up your individual mugs to determine which different spices you like with your mulled wine.  This way, you can create a special recipe that only you can bring to the party 😉