Appleberry mulled wine

Appleberry mulled wine

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(8 ratings)

Ready in 25-30 minutes


Enough for 12 glasses

This mulled wine recipe is packed with cinnamon and berry flavours - a real winter warmer

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal182
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre1g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.03g
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  • 2 x 75cl bottles red wine (such as Merlot; better quality wine makes all the difference)
  • 1l good-quality cloudy apple juice
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 long cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 2 star anise
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  • 3 tbsp orange Curaçao or Cointreau
  • a handful or so (about 100g/4oz) frozen mulled fruit or fruits of the forest or Black Forest fruits
  • 3 small red-skinned apple, sliced into rings



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  1. Pour the wine and apple juice into a large saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise. Heat gently, stirring once or twice, until the sugar has dissolved, then continue heating gently for another 15 minutes.

  2. Just before serving, swirl in the Curaçao or Cointreau, throw in the frozen fruits and add the apple slices.

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Comments (11)

phoebebb's picture

Very nice- Much better than any other mulled wine recipe I have tried, so fruity!

tiffanymoney's picture

I made this for a christmas party last week and it went down a storm. I had to triple the recipe but I didn't triple the star anise as found them a bit pungent and I'm not that keen on aniseed. I also used Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau and that was not a problem. I couldn't find mulled fruits, but used frozen mixed berries which were fine. All in all - delicious! Even my husband who HATES mulled wine has asked for it on Christmas day!

windflower's picture

Absolutely incredible! I live in France, so usually have some mulled wine at a cafe when we're out round the festive season. Nothing I've tasted can hold a candle to this recipe though!
I made it exactly as the recipe, using a Beaujolais rather than Merlot, as I'm not keen on the heavy full-bodied red wines - in fact I don't drink red wine at all.
This, though, is a winner and will certainly become a tradition for me from now on during the festive season! Thanks so much for sharing.

riekie15's picture

Was loveeeely, i used less sugar and a tbsp of honey instead (my family isn't huge on sweetness) and i also didn't use as much applejuice as it said. I also added 2 cloves, ginger (fresh), a little pepper, and i let it stand overnight - reaaally improved the flavour! Anyway, overall it was delicious, i used a merlot which cost me 5 euros per bottle and i wouldn't have known the difference if it had been a 20 euro bottle.

foodhist's picture

We have made this recipe every winter for the last 3 years. I've tried a number of mulled wine recipes and this is the best so far. I have experimented with different juices and liqueurs. Cointreau or Drambruie are still my favourite liqueurs. If you can find some mixed berry juice (not sure if I can mention brand names here but the one we use contains sour cherry juice - we live in Australia though) then the combination is beautiful. Cranberry juice is also good if you are using a softer wine (e.g. Merlot, Grenache, a light Shiraz/Syrah).

spacemanspiff's picture

I'm not a fan of mulled wine but I really want to like it, so I tried this and it's definitely the most likable one I've tasted. The berries give it a lovely flavor. It's very rich though, one glass was enough for me.

lullabel's picture

utterly brilliant, so easy to make and even converts 'mulled wine haters'!

kevgale's picture

Absolutely the best mulled wine I've had. Many guests said they don't normally like mulled wine but were begging for this recipe. I would suggest good quality wine as it makes all the difference.

tindallhvj's picture

This is the perfect winter warmer, I used Brandy - warms you from the legs up! perfect for when friends are coming over.

bernie's picture

wow-i have always liked the idea of mulled wine but everytime i have tried it before its been horrible.This is FANTASTIC!!! Absolutely amazing.Everyone at my Halloween party wanted more, even those who don't like red wine but sadly i had only made a single batch. Next time i will definately make treble!!!

amykf3's picture

So nice! I did this last Christmas for everyone to have while I was cooking the dinner. I also did this with normal and cloudy apple juice for those not drinking alchol, it was equally as nice!

Questions (4)

turup's picture

What do you mean "frozen mulled fruit"? You have to mulle the fruits first and then freeze them? Also, do you add them frozen in the warm wine or do you thaw them first?
Can I make this at the slow cooker and, if yes, will the method be the same?

tiffanymoney's picture

Oh no - making this tomorrow and I don't have Cointreau or Orange Curacao - but I DO have Grand Marnier - will it wreck the whole thing?

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi Tiffany, 
Grand Marnier is a good substitution, it will work perfectly. 
We hope you enjoy it!

tiffanymoney's picture

We did - it was fabulous! Thanks

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