RECIPE: Mulled Wine

It couldn't be easier to warm yourself up this winter with a spiced, warming glass of this mulled wine. This recipe combines the fruity flavours of orange with subtle aromatic spices to create a delicious, warming tipple. It is easily doubled or tripled so can be catered to a beautiful evening hanging out with a group of family and friends.




3 - 4 servings


750mL bottle of red wine (Merlot is a good bet) - we've used Tora Bay Premium Merlot here

2 thick slices of a medium orange including the rind

1 tablespoon roughly chopped ginger

1 large cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 star anise 

4 whole cloves

5 cardamon cloves, crushed

1 ½ tablespoon maple syrup

Additional sliced oranges and cinnamon sticks (optional - for serving)


Add a cup of water into a medium pot and add all the ingredients except the star anise and red wine.

Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 6-8 minutes until the water has nearly evaporated (about ¼ cup left in the pot).

Reduce the heat again, and add the red wine and star anise. Warm the red wine through for a few minutes.

Strain (if you want) and serve and add sliced oranges and cinnamon sticks as decoration.