Homemade Mulled Wine

Mulled anything is like, the perfect festive drink, right?

I’ve been obsessed with mulled gin over the Christmas period, but since we had no sloe gin in, I decided to have a crack at making some mulled wine!

This is such a great thing to make if you’re getting the family together, and you can just leave it simmering away in the slow cooker whilst you watch your favourite Christmas films.


2 bottles of red wine

3 x star anise

2 x cinnamon sticks

4 x whole cloves

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 x oranges

120g of caster sugar


Pour the two bottles of wine into the slow cooker and set the heat to high. I used two bottles of merlot, but feel free to use your favourite.

I then added three star anise, two cinnamon sticks and four whole cloves. These are what give the wine it’s mulled smell and flavour. Star anise has a kind of liquorice or aniseed scent, with cloves being very warm and Christmassy. The quantities of each of these don’t seem like much, but they really pack a punch and do far more than you would think.

Then I added a spoonful of lemon juice and the juice of a freshly squeezed orange, along with the zest. The other orange I cut into slices and added to the slow cooker.

Finally I added 120g of caster sugar and stirred the mulled wine. I left it to simmer for around two hours before sieving it into a glass to serve with an orange slice.

Anything that isn’t drank straight away can be sieved into a decanter or jug to be warmed at a later time – perfect.


  1. alicia
    January 3, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    Why have I never had mulled gin?! this sounded like a perfect substitute though ngl – Alicia Xo

  2. January 7, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    I am gutted I could not have any mulled wine this year, it always makes me feel super festive. I am definitely having some next year though. x

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