This Sweet-and-Spicy Mulled Wine Will Warm You Up in Any Weather

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

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Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings

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.


  • 2 (750-mL) bottles full-bodied dry red wine (such as Zinfandel)

  • ½ cup black peppercorns

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 4 (2-in.) orange peel strips (from 1 orange)

  • 1 (1-in.) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus more for garnish

  • 1 whole star anise

  • Orange slices


  1. Stir together wine, peppercorns, sugar, orange peel, ginger, cinnamon stick, and star anise in a large saucepan. 

  2. Bring to a simmer over high.

  3. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes.

  4.  Strain and discard solids.

  5. Pour evenly into eight glasses and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.

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