Recipe | Mulled Wine

Weekend recipe: mulled wine

Nikki Parkinson Food and Wine, Life 10 Comments

It’s been a long time between weekend recipes, Stylers. I apologise. The thing is we haven’t actually had a lot of down time over the weekend of late.

May disappeared in sea of kids’ social commitments and we hit the first weekend in June a little bit excited at the prospect of NO SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES.

This sent me into a mini kitchen frenzy, racking my brain and leafing through cookbooks to remember what we used to cook last winter.  Saturday was a particularly grey day and Mr SY had his mind set on lighting the brazier in the courtyard … which got my mind set on making a drink to enjoy by said brazier.

And then I remembered whipping up a batch of Jamie Oliver’s mulled wine the year before and liking it a lot. Almost too “a lot”.

This recipe is a slight variation on Jamie’s. I wanted to play with reducing the sugar content and I also swapped out the clementines for an orange. I had intended to include the bay leaves he had in his recipe … they just got lost somewhere between the fruit and veg store and home.

I also made up the syrup quantities according to his recipe but put away half for this weekend … rather than add the two bottles of wine when it’s just us … like I may or may not have done last year. Oops.

We did use Chianti but I’ve used a Merlot for this recipe too. Oh, and like all drinks, they taste way better out of a jar ;). They just do. Sourced mine here.


Recipe | Mulled Wine


(serves 2-4) 

Mulled wine ingredients


1.  Add the orange, lime and lemon peel, juices, Natvia (or sugar), spices and a splash of the wine into a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Stir until dissolved.

3. Bring to boil and let simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and syrupy.

4. If using just one bottle of wine, remove half the syrup and reserve for another night. Otherwise use two bottles for this quantity of syrup.

5. Reduce heat to low and slowly add the wine to gently warm. You don’t want to boil the wine or you’ll boil off the alcohol.

6. Serve immediately and dream you’re in a ski lodge being served by a Swiss god-like creature named Hans.

Have you tried mulled wine before? Made your own? Any secret ingredients to share?


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  • Rebecca

    I made this on Sunday afternoon and it was wonderful. I also dipped the wonderfully spiced and candied citrus peel that was left over into melted dark chocolate and left to set in the fridge to enjoy later! A great 2-for-1 recipe!

  • Kathryn

    My first ever mulled wine was at the Christmas markets on the Champs Elysees. It was so cold that we had quite a few (every night) to warm us up… So delicious! And then we bought bottles of mulled wine in Tescos in the UK. Pretty tasty. I have attempted to make it at home but not with much success. I might give your recipe a go, thanks.

  • Julie

    Mmmmm this could be just the ticket for after kids’ cross country tomorrow afternoon – thanks Nikki xx Oh – just for the adults of course!! p.s. I haven’t been drinking, honest, but I’m having trouble signing in (probably user error!) – it’s me, Julie in NZ xx

    • Yes, I think so … sorry you’re having trouble signing in. Sometimes it does that to me too and I have no idea why!!

  • This looks great – especially as its starting to get a little rainy/miserable here in Melbourne! 🙂

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yum I might make that this weekend ,I am loving those jar mugs very Nice indeed! Have a lovely long weekend Nikki 🙂