Mulled Wine (photo by Monkey Images,

The Lovely P (my wife) makes an amazing mulled wine, and has been very kind to share it with the world wide t’internet. So, without further ado, here’s the recipe.

Step 1: make the mulled wine syrup


  • 9 ounces of golden caster sugar (about 255 grams)
  • 3 cinammon sticks
  • 15 juniper berries
  • 10 whole cloves
  • Teaspoon of ground whole nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marinier

Put all the ingredients into a saucepan with around 1.5 pints of water and slowly bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes, then allow to cool. Feel free to store for a couple of weeks.

Step 2: Making the mulled wine

Pour about a mug, give or take, of syrup for each bottle of red wine (750ml) into a saucepan with three slices of orange or lemon.

I recommend not spending too much on the wine, but don’t go for the cheapest of the cheap. Marks & Spencer’s do a generic “Spanish Red” (1 litre bottle) for around 7.50 yoyo.

Heat up the wine & syrup really really slowly – if you do it too fast you’ll burn off all the booze.

And that’s the Lovely P’s Perfect Mulled Wine. Lovely.