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Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine Recipe

Mulled wine recipe. With fresh cranberries, orange juice, zest and aromatic spices. Perfectly spiced and warming. Tastes like Christmas in a glass!
Course drinks and alcoholic beverages
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 226kcal
Author Aleksandra


  • 1 bottle / 750 ml red wine preferably fruity dry red wine
  • 1 1/2 oranges
  • 20 pieces fresh cranberries
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom capsules
  • 5 cloves


  • Make the orange syrup: Peel one orange and squeeze out the juice (leave the other 1/2 orange for later). Place the zest on a cutting board, cut off the white pith (more or less) and discard it. Add the orange juice and zest, sugar and spices into a medium pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes, then add the cranberries and cook for 2 more minutes. Sugar should dissolve, cranberries will slightly burst (when added earlier, they will break down completely), and the syrup will be thickened. Remove the pot from heat and let the syrup stand for 10 minutes until slightly cooled (this is optional).
  • Make the mulled wine: Add the wine, remaining ½ orange (cut into smaller pieces) and heat gently over minimum heat until the wine is very warm, but not boiling. If you bring the mulled wine to a boil, it will lose some of its aroma and alcohol will start to evaporate (and we don’t want that, right?). You can measure the temperature with a thermometer, it should be maximal 167°F / 75°C. If your mulled wine is not sweet enough, you can sweeten it with more sugar.
  • Serve: Take the pot off the heat, set aside for 5-10 minutes (optional). Strain the wine into a pitcher (you can discard the spices, oranges, and cranberries). Ladle the drink into heatproof glasses (thin wine glasses can break) and serve. For decoration, you can add spices from the pot, fresh cranberries, and orange pieces.
  • Cheers!


  • Storage: Strain leftover wine and keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • What wine is best: use wine that you like to drink on its own. I like fruity dry red wine.  It doesn’t have to be expensive wine, cheap (but still tasty) wine is enough. Any wine - dry, semi-sweet or sweet will work. If you’ll use sweet wine, you’ll need to add a tablespoon less sugar.
  • Cranberries can be omitted, but the wine tastes better with them.


Calories: 226kcal