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Simple warm mulled wine perfect for the holiday season and winter! It doesn’t get easier than this. Red wine perfumed with warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, bourbon and oranges, steeped over the stove making the entire house smell like the holidays. One of our favorite ways to warm up during these cold winter nights.

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Christmas
Servings: 4
Author: the communal feast


  • 1 bottle light/medium bodied red wine I used Meiomi Pinot Noir - Fantini is another great affordable choice
  • ¼ cup bourbon I used Makers Mark
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 small piece of ginger peeled


  • 1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • 2. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  • 3. To serve, strain peppercorns and ginger and pour wine into mugs and garnish with a slice of orange, a star anise, and cinnamon stick!


The longer you let this simmer, the more spiced your mulled wine will become. This is a good thing—until it’s not. After 30 minutes, the tannins can start to breakdown, your wine can turn bitter. Make sure to turn the heat off after 30 minutes and cover the mulled wine to keep it warm