Oh yes, I have been waiting for this one all week. I remember my first mulled wine. My aunt brought it to our Christmas Eve party several years ago as a drink to share. I’m game for pretty much anything, but my initial reaction was: warm wine? As I learned, yes, warm wine is dee-licious. I think I drank a bit too much of it that night, because it was just so good.
I honestly don’t know why it took me so many years to make this myself because it’s so simple! By the way, I realize I say these recipes are simple a lot, but I promise I won’t say it’s simple when something is actually complicated, ok? This recipe makes it look like you spent an hour making this fancy cocktail when it was really only 10 minutes. Yep, 10 minutes. You can handle that right?
So number one ingredient in any mulled wine is… wine. Duh. The most amazing thing about this recipe is you can use the cheap wine! Woo hoo! It’s top secret ….. I bought boxed wine. It worked perfectly. Adding rum, cranberry juice, orange, honey, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and fresh cranberries just elevates that cheap wine to heights that I promise you have not tried. At least lately.
Do you like sangria? Of course you do? Who doesn’t? Anyways, this mulled wine is essentially winter sangria. With a light summer sangria it emphasizes summer fruits in light wine, generally refreshing you in hot weather. On the other hand, in the winter we typically aim for hot, aromatic drinks like hot chocolate, tea and hot apple cider that warm us from our toes. Cranberry Mulled Wine just can get added as one of those amazing winter drinks to keep on hand.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled for a party, and I promise it will make you a star. Oh, and who knows? Maybe it’s been one of those days or weeks and you and the boyfriend polish off a whole recipe in one night. I’m not speaking from experience or anything.
- 1 liter red wine
- 1 cup your favorite rum
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground clove
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- ½ cup fresh cranberries
- 1 small orange, sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low to medium heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the cranberries just start to burst. Serve in mugs.