Hot Spiced Mulled Wine

Temperatures in Montreal are shockingly low today (-29C!) and I’m here with a suggestion on how to stay warm this Valentine’s Day – with a thermos of hot spiced mulled wine.

My first trip to London happened to be at Christmastime, when Fortnum & Mason displayed plum puddings on pedestals in their windows and Oxford Street was trimmed in holiday lights. I wandered around Borough Market, stopping to get a meat pie and an enormous cup of mulled wine. There were many firsts on my maiden UK trip, but that hot, sweet wine was the first thing I recreated at home.

It took a few tries, but I eventually came up with this recipe that is delicately spiced and not too sweet. The key is cooking a spiced syrup, then adding and gently heating the wine. You never want to boil the whole batch, or you will burn off the alcohol.

On weekend, we take two thermoses out to the sledding hill or the skating rink: hot spiced cocoa for the kids and mulled wine for the adults. Even on the coldest of days the robust drink warms us from the inside out.

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

ALL photos by Tim Chin

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

Mulled wine is too good to only simmer once a year. Keep this recipe in your back pocket for entertaining all winter long, starting with a batch for today.

Happy Valentine’s Day, where every you may be! And fellow Montrealers, stay warm today…

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine

A delicately spiced mulled inspired by a London trip and very suited to our cold weather.
4 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Aimee


  • 1 bottle red wine 750mL
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 large orange washed
  • 1 cup ruby port


  • In a medium pot, combine 1 cup red wine, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir to ensure that all the sugar is dissolved. The syrup will be dark and fragrant.
  • Slice the orange into 1/4-inch rounds, peel and all. Carefully add orange slices to the pot. Arrange them so they are submerged under the spiced syrup. Partially cover the pot with a lid and infuse with the oranges for 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the remaining bottle of red wine and the port and stir to combine.
  • Over low heat, warm the mulled wine to the desired temperature for serving. Stir well, then strain through a small sieve into coffee cups or a thermos. Serve hot, with an orange slice.

Hot Spiced Mulled Wine || Simple Bites

skating on pond

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Great blog today. I love your mittens. Did you make them? If so would you share the pattern? If not, where can I get a pair?
    Happy Valentune’s day,
    Della Ann

  2. 4 stars
    hey girl Love the post! Y’all better stay warm! I live in Shawnee,OK and it has been a nice winter so far! A lot of the days it’s like spring! We have had a little snow that’s it! Anyway the mulled wine sounds good!

  3. 4 stars
    Enjoyed reading you blog. Will try the recipe. By the way wonderful photos.

  4. Hot mulled wine is the best this time of year. Especially this weekend – brrrr. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Gosh, your posts so remind me of my childhood. Not the mulled wine, whivh I love after living in Germany. But your photos of skating on a freshly shovelled pond. It was my life climbing the fence to reach the pond for skating in south western Ont. So, sad, as this area is now all developed!

  6. can I use marsala wine leaving out the port?

  7. Mulled wine is the best wine for the winter. I must keep your recipe in my bucket pocket and I should try it. I think it is the best wine for the winter. Thanks for the great recipe.

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