Feeling a little chilly this winter season, here’s my survival tip: Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine to keep you warm and cozy this winter season!


Toast the spices: Add the allspice, cloves, star anise and cinnamon to the bottom of a pot. Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 4 All Spice Berries

Turn the heat to low. Pour in the wine and brandy and bring to below a simmer, just barely bubbling (don't boil or the alcohol will evaporate). Warm for 1 hour on low heat (don’t let it simmer). 

  • 1 Bottle of Wine: Merlot or Zinfandel (a fruity or full bodied white or red wine)
  • ¼ cup of Brandy (or an orange liqueur or tawny port)

Add the maple syrup or honey. The amount will depend on your sweetness level. Add 1 tablespoon at a time and tasted before adding more.

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup or Honey

Garnish with orange slices and cranberries, then serve.

  • 2 small Fresh Oranges
  • 1 to 2 handfuls of Cranberries

For a non-alcoholic version of this cozy recipe to share with the whole family, young and old, try substituting apple cider for the wine and brandy.


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Sheldon Coxford
Residential Realtor®

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