Spices for your Mulled Wine: a Recipe for a delicious homemade spiced wine by Terry Pomerantz.

Terry Pomerantz: “Wow is it getting cold! What does this mean? It means that the season for mulled wine is just around the corner! Let me give you a few tips and tricks for a delicious spiced wine.”

The Perfect Spices for Mulled Wine

Terry adds: “Let’s begin by mentioning the most frequently used spices for mulled wine:

  • Cinnamon
  • Green cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Clove
  • Star anise

You can also purchase packaged spices for mulled wine.”

How to prepare spiced wine

“To prepare a delicious mulled wine, you do not need to use your best dry red wines. Simply use a red wine you like. If you are trying to reduce your alcohol consumption, you can very well make a delicious spiced wine with a non-alcoholic red wine.”


  • 1.5 L of dry red wine
  • 25 g of brown sugar
  • The zest from half a lemon
  • The zest from half an orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise (badiane)
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 piece of dried ginger
  • A touch of grated nutmeg.


  • Pour red wine in a pot
  • Add all ingredients
  • Stir with a wooden spoon
  • Heat the spiced wine slowly, without bringing it to a boil.

How to make mulled wine less bitter?

If you inadvertently boiled you wine, it will likely be bitter. In fact, when the wine temperature reaches close to 80 o C, the alcohol in the wine begins to evaporate, releasing bitter flavors.

“If this happens to you, don’t worry. You can simply add a bit of brown sugar, maple sugar or honey and your mulled wine will be delicious!”

“Voilà! Your spiced wine is ready. Bundle up in your favorite sweater or fleece and enjoy your warm mulled wine in your favorite armchair!”

two cups of spiced mulled wine on a wooden table during a holiday dinner

An avid wine lover, Terry Pomerantz shares his love of fine bottles, guided by a responsible approach to the art of living. Discover his advice on food and wine pairing, his favorite bottles, and the ideal choices for each season and occasion. Immerse yourself in his passion and learn to fully appreciate each bottle in good company.