Mulled wine has survived throughout the centuries in cultures worldwide for good reason: There’s still nothing better than a hot, spicy cocktail on a chilly night. The ubiquitous winter warmer enjoys a reputation as both a good way to get rid of cheap wine and a luxurious holiday treat. And it’s true: You’re equally as likely to come across the stuff at a dive bar as you are at a fancy Christmas party.

Our friends at ChefSteps wrote in this week with a simple recipe sure to come in handy as the days continue to get shorter and we brace for what’s been forecasted to be a harsh winter. All you really need is a bottle of decent full-bodied wine and a variety of bitters and spices. Check out the recipe, along with a brief instructional video, below.

Mulled Wine

Servings: 2 liters

2 (750 mL) bottles red wine
1 (750 mL) bottle sweet vermouth
3½ ounces Angostura bitters
Peels from 2 oranges
2 grams clove
Peel from 1 lemon
About 6 whole green cardamom
About 4 whole cinnamon sticks
6 grams nutmeg
About 10 whole star anise
About 3 vanilla beans, split
3½ ounces brown sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer over high heat, then cover and reduce heat to low.
  2. Steep on low heat, covered, for at least 1 hour.
  3. Strain or ladle, and serve hot.

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