Red Wine

Nothing Says ‘Holidays’ like Mulled Wine

I love the holidays. Clementines, pine trees inside the house, ornaments, the food (my god, the food!), the lights – I want it all! One of the things I love most about the holiday lead-up is mulled wine. It’s something I only have a couple of times a year so, like lots of holiday things, it’s pretty special.


A year or two ago my wonderful friend Katie gave me mulling spices and I’ve been breaking them out over the holidays ever since. Along with the spices she also gave me a simple recipe for mulled wine, which is the one I use when making this delicious drink.


mulled wine recipe

Easy peasy! (click to enlarge)


This past weekend I invited some friends over to decorate my apartment for the holidays and decided to tempt them into manual labour by offering to brew (is it brew?) up some mulled wine.



All ready to go.


Let me tell you – it is incredibly easy to make mulled wine! As long as you follow the recipe, anyway. The first time I made it I decided that, since I don’t like oranges, I would omit the zest and juice the recipe calls for. Big mistake – turns out that citrus flavour is kind of crucial! I learned this the hard way when I tasted the wine – something about the heat and the spices and the lack of citrus to balance it made it taste completely sour and downright gross! It’s still a running joke between my mom and I – hot sour wine! HOT SOUR WINE! Anyway, take it from me and don’t omit the citrus.



Citrus – a crucial ingredient.



Glug glug glug



Into the pot they go!



Yummy sweetness


Finished and ready for consumption! (Note to self: get fancy glass mugs for next batch)

Finished and ready for consumption! (Note to self: get fancy glass mugs for next batch)


My minimal efforts yielded a deliciously wonderful accompaniment to decorating and listening to Christmas music. My friends even brought over chocolate chip cookies! Christmas festivity achieved.



Cue singing in Whoville…



My newest ornament – what a hoot!


Have you met Bruce, the Christmas moose?

Have you met Bruce, the Christmas moose?

Are you getting ready for the holidays yet?

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  • Reply Chelle November 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve never made mulled wine before, but for whatever reason I’m super interested in making it this year. Do you know if it matters what kind of red wine you use?

    • Reply Meg November 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      I’d recommend using something middle of the road in terms of body. A Merlot, Valpolicella or Cabernet Franc. If you have one of those that you know you like, all the better!

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