Although winter means colder days and longer nights, it also means hot spiced mulled wine! Teetotal? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

A staple of every Christmas market, mulled wine is really easy to make and a lot more enjoyable by the fire in your own home. Our recipe below lets you enjoy the winter classic without the hangover and a lot less calories.

What you need

750ml bottle Eisberg red wine
1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
2 star anise
4 cloves
2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
4 tbsp caster sugar


  1. Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins.
  2. Remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins.
  3. To serve, heat without boiling and pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.

Did you know?

  • The Romans were the first to heat and spice wine during the 2nd century.
  • Mulled wine is known the world over by different names. In Germany it’s Glühwein, Italy it is known as vin brulé and in France, it’s “vin chaud.”
  • The spices act as preservatives which help keep mulled wine fresh, so you can prepare a few bottles and save them until it’s time for your next party.