Appleberry mulled wine

Appleberry mulled wine

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(10 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
    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…

  • 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 apples, sliced into rings



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…


  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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17th Nov, 2018
Absolutely delicious. The best mulled wine I have ever had.
23rd Dec, 2013
Very nice- Much better than any other mulled wine recipe I have tried, so fruity!
18th Dec, 2013
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!
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1st Jan, 2013
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.
7th Dec, 2012
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.
22nd Jul, 2012
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).
18th Nov, 2010
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.
23rd Aug, 2010
utterly brilliant, so easy to make and even converts 'mulled wine haters'!
28th Dec, 2008
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.
16th Dec, 2008
This is the perfect winter warmer, I used Brandy - warms you from the legs up! perfect for when friends are coming over.


6th Dec, 2016
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?
13th Dec, 2013
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?
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18th Dec, 2013
Hi Tiffany, Grand Marnier is a good substitution, it will work perfectly. We hope you enjoy it!
18th Dec, 2013
We did - it was fabulous! Thanks
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