Pair with a crackling fire, snowy landscapes, and those scratchy wintery sweaters.


Credit: Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

5 mins
35 mins
8 servings

This mulled wine recipe is the perfect thing to sip during your virtual ugly Christmas sweater party. It’s so retro and delicious! A classic mulled wine is a staple of holiday parties in cold climates, but the result can often be sticky sweet. Thanks to a hearty dose of black peppercorns and spicy fresh ginger, this mulled wine recipe delivers a balanced and unique cocktail. Shopping tip: if you can’t find red Zinfandel, Merlot or Cabernet will work well, too. The key is to find a full-bodied wine so that the flavor can compete with the sugar, spices, and orange.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together wine, peppercorns, sugar, orange peel, ginger, cinnamon stick, and star anise in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over high. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes. Strain and discard solids. Pour evenly into 8 glasses and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.