Mulled wine cocktail

Cook: 2 mins 10 mins plus chilling


Serves 4 - 6

The perfect party drink, as it can be made well ahead, then brought out of the fridge as guests arrive – or serve it hot for a traditional winter warmer

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per glass

  • kcal236
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.04g
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  • 100g/4oz light muscovado sugar
  • 1 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 clove



    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 150ml water
  • 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 clementines



    The smallest and sweetest variety of tangerine is sweet and tangy, contains no seeds and is…

  • 150ml Cointreau
  • 750ml/ 1¼pint bottle light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • Twist of orange zest and a star anise, to serve


  1. Put 100g light muscovado sugar in a pan with 1 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cloves and 150ml water. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

  2. Simmer for 2 mins, then pour into a large jug and leave to cool. Add 1 lemon and 2 clementines, both thinly sliced, to the jug along with 150ml Cointreau and a 750ml bottle light red wine, such as a Beaujolais. Stir well, then cover and chill for at least 2 hrs or overnight if you can.

  3. Serve chilled or over ice, with a twist of orange zest and a star anise. If you’d like to serve a traditional warm mulled wine, there’s no need to chill – simply warm through without boiling and serve in heatproof glasses.

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Comments (19)

RuthBaker's picture

Beautiful flavours, I tried this room temperature, warm and cold. My preference was the room temperature. As we left it for a few days in the fridge the flavours really developed to a spicy taste.

lizleicester's picture

We had this warm because there wasn't time to chill it. It's really delicious and quite strong, but that might have been because 3 of us drank it all!! Merry Christmas!

Dry Ice Supply UK's picture

These look really good with a dry ice cocktail stirrer. If you want to impress your guests over Christmas, before serving, place a dry ice cocktail stirrer into your cocktail glass for spectacular smoke effects to get that extra WOW factor!

swissms's picture

I've made this hot and cold, with Cointreau and with Amaretto and it has been absolutely delicious every time. A real hit with everyone who I've made it for. This winter I have decided to keep at least one bottle of this in the fridge at all times as it's the perfect drink to have on hand for any guests that may call by and I can serve it chilled as is or quickly heated if requested.

roryjonzen's picture

Made this as a "welcome drink" for a pre-Christmas UK and Scandinavian food party on 22nd December for 20+ guests here in tropical Singapore.
Absolutely excellent. I made up 4 bottles worth and there were calls for more.
Great Ice Breaker pre-food.
Have already had requests to make this again and am going to another party tonight where our hosts will be serving it.
Certainly beats a Singapore Sling hands down.

dianne383's picture

It tasted amazingly good cold, didn't want to risk spoiling it by heating it! Definitely lives up to its name as a cocktail! So easy too, will be making it again for sure. Perfect for Xmas Eve with ham and roasted chestnuts. Did not use star anise, as none available.

tinaduffy's picture

Certainly made the December post baptism party go with a swing!!

dtall77's picture

Must have had one too many, forgot the rating.

dtall77's picture

I made this in November, but not rated yet, everyone loved it, especially borderline alcoholic father-in-law! Will definitely make it again, someone asked for the recipe. I only had one clementine so I used so other citrus to make up for it; an orange and perhaps a bit of lime if I recall correctly. I didn't use the "...Twist of orange zest and a star anise" for serving.

I'll definitely be making this again, but perhaps won't tell father-in-law.

puzzle10's picture

This is amazing. I actually did it for bonfire night and everyone came back for more so ended up doing it at Xmas too! Is a firm favourite with friends and family.

michellemoorhouse's picture

Forgot to rate!

michellemoorhouse's picture

Fantastic! I did this for friends on Bonfire Night. I made it the night before and served it as a cold cocktail - it went down really well. I'm going to do it for Christmas for this time serve it warm.

kiwicaro's picture

Love this one! At least one person asks for the recipe every time I serve it up.

jasonbenali's picture

Great mulled wine recipe which went down a storm at a drinks party! The Cointreau really adds a lovely kick to it.

martinique972's picture

Made this for a BBQ pool party on Boxing day in Martinique, it was delicious and made us all feel like we were back home. A great twist on traditional warm mulled wine. Christmas in a jug!!

sharangoose's picture

I made this last weekend and a couple of the guests don't like warm wine, so I served it cold. The only thing I didn't do was serve a star anise in each glass. Lovely flavours, easy to make. It went down a storm, I wish I'd done double.

worosei67's picture

I made this for a party last year and it was fantastic - everyone wanted more, more, more! I'll be making it this year too, and also bottling some as gifts.

issie1414's picture

I made this last night after coming back from our Noel Marche where it was freezing, but I didn't have Cointreau in so used Triple Sec instead, they were lovely
Going to make very large jug of this for la veille de Noël

cupsdoit's picture

Best mulled wine i've tasted and I'm hard to please in this depatment because I have tried some really awful ones in the past.Went down when also with my friend.It has a lovely warm mellow orangey note to it which somehow makes it taste light and extremely drinkable.We tried it warmed through and will definately be using this recipe again in the not too distant future.Would highly recommend it to any one. Did the recipe exactly to the letter and I see no reason to amend Mary's recipe.

Questions (1)

Ozy's picture

I've still got a bottle of Calvados left over. Do you think it would work to replace the Cointreau?

Tips (1)

swissms's picture

Try replacing the Cointreau with Amaretto for an equally delicious cocktail.