Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

This Christmas, don’t just serve a bottle of good wine. Instead, make it extra special by adding more flavors. Mulled wine is a perfect cozy drink to warm you up on cold winter nights. Even though we don’t celebrate Christmas in an authentic way, we still love to get in the mood and enjoy all the joyful foods. This warm drink surely helps to spice up the palate and get one into the festive spirit.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Living in California for several years made us wine lovers! Mostly red and sometimes white, with a casual cheese platter, was our typical stay-in, weekend evening ritual. When we moved back to India, good wine is one thing we missed a lot. While there is quite an array available, sadly not a lot could suit our taste buds. California had spoilt us. Then, we came across a few local products that made our palate very happy. Big Banyan is one such brand. Recently, they asked me to make something Christmas-y with their wine and I straightaway thought of mulled wine with their Merlot.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

The first time that we sipped mulled wine was in Paris. We were on a short vacation. It was November and every corner had these stalls where a big pot of wine would be simmering away. Ladled on a plastic cup, it was the drink we needed to warm up as we walked part the tourist-y spots.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Mulled wine is so easy to prepare and the best part is that it can be made in advance. There are no rules with the recipe. Just go with the flow and treat your wine bottle as a blank canvas. I added a few common spices like cinnamon, clove and star anise. Then, a hint of fruits went in to compliment these warm spices. The key thing to remember here is to only simmer and never boil the wine as it will burn off the alcohol and spoil the taste as well.

Typically, mulled wine is served warm but it tastes equally good when cold or at room temperature.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

Mulled Wine

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anises
  • 5 to 6 cloves
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 lime, thinly sliced


  1. In a saucepan, pour wine along with cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, orange juice, honey and few slices of pear. Turn on the heat and let it simmer in low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, add few of the lime slices and allow it to infuse for 15 more minutes.
  3. Strain the mulled wine leaving out the cinnamon sticks and star anise. While serving, garnish your drink with a few slices of pear and lime.

Mulled Wine | Playful Cooking

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  • Rosa
    December 19, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Heavenly! I love the smell and flavour of mulled wine. So festive!!!



  • Roxana
    December 19, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Kankana, this mulled wine is so beautiful (gorgeous photos too)! I’m excited to try this! 🙂

  • Rakhee@boxofspice
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    December 19, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    That story of yours really captures the season Kankana. I envision myself, out walking, in the cold, with a glass of that mulled wine. 🙂

  • angiesrecipes
    December 20, 2015 at 3:20 AM

    It sounds very tasty!

  • Dixya
    December 20, 2015 at 4:31 AM

    Im a huge fan of mulled wine and make it once a year!! Love the idea of adding pears.

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePl
    December 22, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I must confess, I already pinned these images on pinerest. Just love the styling here.
    I love the spice combo – so Christmassy.
    Thank you as always for sharing and I can’t wait to see what your blog will bring us in 2016 🙂