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Mulled Wine

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When the weather changes in the fall, that means it’s time to use my easy mulled wine recipe —infused with warm spices and my special ingredient. A nice bottle of Ruby Port.

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How to make Mulled Wine

  1. Turn the heat on medium in a large pot add the port.
  2. Add the apple cider.
  3. Add the warm spices.
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Add the orange peel.
  6. Add the orange juice. Stir and cook for 20 minutes. Make sure mixture doesn’t boil.
Mulled Wine Steps

Mulled Wine Cooking Tips:

I use ruby port because it’s naturally sweet and removes the need of adding sugar to my mulled wine. For this recipe I used a bottle of Dow’s Fine Ruby Port.

Warm the mulled wine slowly over medium-low heat. If it gets to a boil the alcohol will cookout.

Crockpot/Slowcooker: Turn the heat to low on the crockpot, add all ingredients, and cook for 2-3 hours.

Remove the peel before juicing the orange.

Yes, there’s a small amount of salt. That’s just to enhance all the spice’s flavor.

If you want to make a non-alcoholic version. Use organic cranberry juice.

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Can you make ahead?

Fridge: Mulled Wine: Mulled wine can be made three days in advance.

Reheating: Mulled Wine: Turn on heat to medium, add wine and reheat for 10 minutes or less. *Depends on how much you’re reheating.

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Substitution Options:

If you cannot find mace the recipe will still be delicious.

You cannot use a Tawny port for this recipe. Tawny’s flavors are lost when cooked.

Common One to One Substitutions:

Organic Cranberry Juice = Bottle of Red Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Malbec, Syrah = Ruby Port

Apple Juice = Apple Cider

1 teaspoon Nutmeg = 1 Whole Nutmeg

Meal Ideas:

The cold is in the air, and that means it’s time for my easy mulled wine recipe. If you like red wine, warm spices, and a hint of sweetness, then this recipe is perfect for you. I like to use Ruby Port as the main ingredient because it gives the wine a delicious flavor profile that can’t be beaten. And if you want to make things even more special, add a cinnamon stick or star anise pod to your pot for extra flavor. Give this recipe a try—I promise you won’t be disappointed! Oh, and don’t forget to leave me a 5-star review if you love it.

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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Kenneth Temple
When the weather changes in the fall, that means it’s time to use my easy mulled wine recipe—infused with warm spices and my special ingredient that’s blended with a nice bottle of Ruby Port.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, German
Servings 12 persons
Calories 110 kcal


  • 2 bottles of Ruby Port
  • 8 cups apple cider
  • 4 star anise
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 12 whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon mace
  • 6 medium oranges
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Turn the heat on medium in a large pot add the port, apple cider, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mace, peel of 4 oranges, juice of 4 oranges and salt, stir once or twice, cook for 20 minutes. Make sure mixture doesn’t come to a boil
  • Evenly divide warm wine amongst 12 cups, garnish with orange slices.


Calories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.001gSodium: 56mgPotassium: 291mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
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