Mulling syrup

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes 2 x 400ml bottles
This spiced syrup works equally well for mulled wine or cider. Make a batch ahead of time for entertaining or make up a gift kit for Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal15
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 250g caster or granulated sugar
  • 2 oranges, halved



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  • 6 whole cloves



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  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ nutmeg, freshly grated
  • small piece ginger, sliced



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  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan with 1 litre water and bring slowly to a simmer, making sure all the sugar has been completely dissolved. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 mins. Leave to cool, then strain through a very fine sieve.

  2. Sterilise your bottles by washing them in hot soapy water, rinsing well, then drying them in a warm oven. Meanwhile, rewarm the syrup until just hot, then pour into the bottles while still hot and seal.

  3. Before giving away, add labels with serving instructions: Heat 400ml syrup with 750ml red wine or cider and some slices of orange or apple. Syrup will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.

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Comments (40)

rachelmiddleton's picture

I got whole allspice in my local health food shop which is where I get all my herbs and spices - WAY cheaper and environmentally much better! Bottles are all in 200, 250 and 500 ml though :(

becciboo67's picture

To Raquel, look online at Lakeland they sell different sized bottles. Also Wilkinson sell bottles for homebrewing.

becciboo67's picture

I've tried all my local large supermarket chains but can't find whole allspice. Does anyone know where I can get them or what I can use instead?

rachelmiddleton's picture

Really really good recipe and very easy for the recipient...however, 400ml bottles??? Where might one get them?!! They would be perfect as it's the right amount for one bottle of wine, but I've searched in vain...hmmm!

1irishlassie's picture

Have just made this recipe for pressies the colour as someone commented was nothing like the picture ! wish i had squeezed in juice and was not enough to fill the two bottles will have to add some brandy to it

petexy's picture

Great for Giftgs and a quick tipple!!

petexy's picture

Made it last week for gifts...I put it into small bottles (150ml) just right for a couple of glasses ! only one left ...Seems as though I well have to make more for the gifts ;-) ..

katenabarro's picture

I made this for the first time today, followed the recipe exactly and it never turned into a syrup it is just a runny liquid still ..... any idea why it didn't turn into syrup?!

blulou's picture

This is a great idea, not just as a pressy but also handy to have so you can knock up a warm mulled drink in just five minutes, blinking brilliant. I'll be sending bottles to friends who are lumbered with the bulk of entertaining, hopefully this will be a welcome short cut and I'll get invited every year! Just one point, I strained it thru 2 layers of muslin and it was nowhere near the nice clear syrup pictured. I'm not bothered and its what I expected but it does annoy me that the pictures are more styled than realistic. Whats the point, I'd rather no pic at all.

angemcshane's picture

Awesome I made this for a party and added 100ml of brandy and 100ml of Grand Marnier and then split the syrup between two saucepans and added cider to one and red wine to the other. Went down a storm!!!

naomibrook21's picture

You're all so right; much better than the shop bought stuff! I made it today, had some left over and just sploshed some straight into my glass of red wine (so conveniently) at my side already) and was amazing. Will definitely do again, now I have all the spices.

yogamadcat's picture

Just made this for the first time and it is FANTASTIC! It is so easy to make and your house will smell wonderful in the process! Why oh why did I ever buy mulled wine from the shops. Try this recipe its great. I did as someone else suggested and squeezed the oranges in to the syrup (although I did it before filtering), and it tastes lovely! Merry Christmas!

craftybeggar's picture

Have made this three times now - a couple of gifts and one for me. Made it up with one part syrup to two parts red wine and it tastes far better than shop bought mulled wine, much gentler flavour. Wouldn't buy mulled wine again :)

tinker666's picture

Oops, forgot to rate!!

tinker666's picture

I made this with my mum on a snowy afternnoon!
We doubled the recipe then squeezed the orange halves into the sieved syrup after cooling.
We then bottled 3 500ml bottles as gifts, then sampled the rest with a bottle of Sainsburys house red wine shy of 1 full glass.
It was the best mulled wine we have ever tried!
Definately recommend!

barbichef's picture

Excellent idea making ahead. Don't use too strong a wine. A cheaper light red is good, with a little more fruity taste.
If you add a little brandy or rum to the syrup it gives it a bit of a kick when added to wine or cider.
Happy Christmas.

alicla's picture

Really easy to make, looks lovely in the bottles labelled with christmas tags ready for presents, tried some with cider last night, tasty, I diluted it 2 parts cider / 1 part syrup as I just wanted 2 glasses. Plan to make some more next week.

amynadine87's picture

found this only made about 500ml, have not yet tried it. did anyone else get the same result or have i simmered it for too long?!

angelak10's picture

Would this work with champagne?

katearbutler's picture

This is lovely and very easy to make.


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