Mulled wine

The history of mulled wine goes back to the time of the Romans when it may have been used as a means of making the acidic wine of the time a little more drinkable. The Romans did not use sugar and instead put honey in their wine, along with spices and dates. They would also take the unusual step pf preserving the mixture by putting hot coals in it.

Spiced wines pop up all over the Dark Ages, but they only become a Christmas thing around 1890, when German markets started to emerge, and stall operators would each have their own recipes to try.

Mulled wine

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Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 40 mins


  • 750ml red wine
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • Strip of lemon peel



Put all the ingredients in a pan and heat gently for 10 mins. Cool for 30 mins and strain.

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