Winter Warmer Cocktails- Mulled Wine

Now we here at W4YL HQ firmly believe that wine is to be enjoyed all year round, but there are wines that match perfectly to certain seasons. For example we all love a rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a piping hot Sunday roast on a cold winter’s night, and a crisp, ice cold Sauvignon Blanc at lunch on a hot summer’s day (wipes drool from shirt, pulls self together).

Right now we are in prime winter drink weather and I’m sure some of you are thinking about putting your crushable cups down and making a piping hot cup of tea, but look no further as we have the perfect drink for all the winter wine lovers out there. 

Mulled wine has been a staple in the colder continents for years, often accompanying your snowy ski resorts and rained in forest cabins, but we haven’t seen heaps of it here in Australia…excluding Melbourne apparently, because after a quick Google search we found a melted cheese and mulled wine party, Go Melbourne (brb catching a plane) 

Mulled wine is essentially hot red wine mixed in sugar and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Delish. We have used a classic ‘Naked Chef’ recipe and adapted it a little to create the perfect W4YL Mulled Red Wine.


Here’s our take on a delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver… because who can argue with a naked chef.


  • 2 bottles of red wine, we prefer a nice light style of red, so our Grenache Shiraz is perfect!
  • 200 grams caster sugar
  • 2 oranges (peel & juice)
  • 1 lemon (peel & juice)
  • 1 lime (peel & juice)
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (plus extra to garnish)
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 star anise



  • Heat sugar, citrus peel and juice in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add all spices (except the star anise) and bay leaves and then stir in just enough red to cover the mixture.
  • Simmer for 4-5 mins until it turns into a thick syrup. When ready, turn the heat down and add the star anise and the rest of the wine and gently heat for around 5 minutes before serving.


Presentation-wise, we recommend you pour your delish mulled wine into vintage jam jars and add some garnish such as a cinnamon stick and some orange peel. You will be a hit with anyone you serve it to. It may look super fancy but should only take you about half an hour including prep time! Cheers to that!