How to make Mulled Wine | Donal Skehan

By Brian Lemay 55 comments

Hi guys, welcome to Drinks Tube, Donal here.
I’m going to show you how to make a really wonderful mulled wine, full of wonderful spices
and perfect to serve up at Christmas time during this festive season when you’ve lots
of guests coming to your house. It is so simple to make and it starts off by making a little
syrup. First thing for this brilliant mulled wine, you start off with some caster sugar,
in a pot, in on top of the caster sugar i’ve got the zest of some clementines, some lemons
and some lime, it’s going to add the most beautiful citrus flavour in here. That’s all
our zesting done, and check it out, in here we’ve got the most beautiful little mixture
of citrus peel and sugar and you need those big chunks, it’s really important because
that’s going to add lots of flavour. And now we need to get the juice in there as well.
Grab those lovely citrus fruits, and they do look a bit miserable right now but we’re
going to cut them in half and we’re going to get all of the juice out of them. We’ve
got the juice, we’ve got the zest and now it’s time to get this over a medium heat,
and then we’re going to add in some spices. First up, one cinnamon stick. This is the
one to use, you will get lots of great flavour from it. Just crack it up and stick it in.
Big punchy flavours from six cloves going in here as well. That wonderful aromatic hum
from three bay leaves going in here as well, and then you need the gratings of one nutmeg.
It’s about twelve gratings, you need to go back and forth and get it in there because
it adds so much great flavour. It smells like Christmas already. And now to make my mulled
wine even more special, I’m going for that wonderful floural scent of vanilla pod, so
get a whole one, cut it in half, straight into the pot. Top it up with some red wine,
just until it covers the sugar and then allow it to dissolve down and what I want to do
is infuse all those wonderful flavours and essentially make a really nice fragrant syrup.
Then I’m going to top it up with the rest of the red wine, meaning all the alcohol hasn’t
burnt off and you still get that really nice hum to your mulled wine. Then I’m going to
finish it off with some star anise and we will have a milled wine that is to be proud
of. You need to bring this to a nice boil and bubble away until all that sugar completely
dissolves and let me tell you, it already smells like Christmas in here, so, so good.
Keep the pot on a rolling boil for about 4-5 minutes until you have a nice thick syrup,
and then it’s time to top it up with some more red wine. Ok guys, come in here and check
this out, because what I am left with is the most incredible thick syrup which has been
infused with all those wonderful spices. Add in the remainder of the two bottles in here.
And I’m using Chianti here but any good Italian wine will do the business for your mulled
wine. In with that last bottle of wine and my final spice, just to add at the last minute
so you really get the taste from it, is two whole star anise, which is going to add that
wonderful anise flavour in here. Get them in and stir it through. Leave this on a low
heat for five minutes and once it’s infused with all those great flavours it’s ready to
serve. My mulled wine has had five minutes over the heat to infuse and warm through and
now it is ready to serve, and it really does smell good. I mean, have this in the kitchen
around Christmas time when you have guests arriving. It is going to smell so good. It’s
going to make your house just smell like Christmas, and everyone wants a bit of that. The great
thing about having a big pot like this is that you can put it straight back on the heat,
leave it like that and people can come in and help themselves, I love that sort of thing
around Christmas time. Now, all that’s left to do is taste and tell you what I think.
Oh guys, this is Christmas in a glass, it is so good. You get this wonderful rich taste
from that citrus fruit running which smacks you around the lips and then you’ve got this
really super aromatic flavour from the cloves, the nutmeg the vanilla, the cinnamon, the
bay leaves. It is so good, I want you guys to try it. If you want more Christmas recipes
from Drinks Tube of course, click here, and of course subscribe to the channel for lots
more delicious recipes. Guys, have a Happy Chistmas!


Anthoula Flegka

Dec 12, 2014, 12:39 pm Reply

I am definitely trying this!!! It seems soooo lovely!!! ♥♥♥
Thank you very much!!!


Dec 12, 2014, 12:40 pm Reply



Dec 12, 2014, 12:50 pm Reply

make another one but from the absolut base without the wine it tastes sooooo much better trust me im swedish 😛


Dec 12, 2014, 12:53 pm Reply

in german, we call this "Glühwein", which means "glowing-wine". 😀

Martin Hermansson

Dec 12, 2014, 1:00 pm Reply

Whaaat, no cardamom seeds? =)

Mlle Dottie

Dec 12, 2014, 1:08 pm Reply

Is it possible to use white wine in combination with those spices? Or are there other spices, which would go allong better?


Dec 12, 2014, 1:27 pm Reply

Yes! I've been looking for a good mulled wine recipe for a while 🙂


Dec 12, 2014, 1:28 pm Reply

This sounds like a great recipe and exactly what I was looking for for Christmas with the family. Though just a quick question. It'll be a rather large crowd and I don't think two bottles of red wine will be enough, Can I just double everything, or should I be careful with some of the spices to not over do it?


Dec 12, 2014, 2:03 pm Reply

I can't say it enough ….. Yummmmm!

Štěpán Kanhäuser

Dec 12, 2014, 2:16 pm Reply

in czech republic (neighboring countries with Germany) we call "svařák" In Prague we have at Christmas nearly every street …. its nice !! 


Dec 12, 2014, 3:16 pm Reply

Oh man. As soon as my semester's done this is how I want to celebrate. =)

Chris Junk Food

Dec 12, 2014, 4:01 pm Reply

So Swedish! Glögg!! 😀

Audrey Lee Lentorio

Dec 12, 2014, 4:14 pm Reply

It looks like christmas there

Andrey P

Dec 12, 2014, 5:51 pm Reply

WOO HOO!! You guys did it after all! Thanks for keeping your word, I'll definitely give this a try!

Fredrik Forsberg

Dec 12, 2014, 6:47 pm Reply



Dec 12, 2014, 7:09 pm Reply

It also works well if you wrap the big herbs/peels/spices in a cheesecloth so that you don't have to worry about your guests accidentally getting a mouth full of bay leaf when they scoop out their wine.

Tian Yao

Dec 12, 2014, 7:11 pm Reply

I'm hosting a christmas party and have been looking for a mulled wine recipe! Thanks Donal!

Alex Montanus

Dec 12, 2014, 7:15 pm Reply

Glögg, gluhwein, mulled wine. Winter goodness!

Saghar Setareh

Dec 12, 2014, 7:43 pm Reply

aaaah so good! mulled wine is always amazing. I make mine with a little blueberry or pomegranate juice (instead of the citrus juice) I do add some orange zest but then I fill it up with cinnamon, cloves, star anise and cardamom! so hearty and aromatic!


Dec 12, 2014, 9:31 pm Reply

I like this guy! and mulled wine too!

Maxine Peeters

Dec 12, 2014, 9:42 pm Reply

Perfect Bischopswijn for Sinterklaas on Friday! ?

Josh Whelan

Dec 12, 2014, 11:29 pm Reply

This channel is boss


Dec 12, 2014, 11:35 pm Reply

Can I have him? and the wine?

Caroline Vercoe

Dec 12, 2014, 12:05 am Reply

can you use cider instead of wine as i don't like wine

Jen Whalen

Dec 12, 2014, 3:17 am Reply

How about a Christmas spice beer?


Dec 12, 2014, 3:00 am Reply

I'd love to see a hot buttered rum recipe. Thanks!

Patrycja Sobczak

Dec 12, 2014, 10:59 am Reply

 You've done something terrible! I'm really looking forward to do it! But one question, which is the best wine for mulled wine? 

Danuta Danutielková

Dec 12, 2014, 5:11 pm Reply

I'm sooo doing this next week for my guests!


Dec 12, 2014, 10:55 pm Reply

This was really difficult to watch.. but I want to try it.


Dec 12, 2014, 6:16 pm Reply

Why is this channel called "Jamie Oliver's" when it is hosted by a bunch of other people? Not saying it's bad, the recipes actually seem decent, but why the name?

Mallika Basu

Dec 12, 2014, 10:29 pm Reply

Well that's my mulled wine sorted for Christmas @Donal Skehan. Looks divine! Big hello from a #foodtubenewbie #FreshTalent


Dec 12, 2014, 8:41 pm Reply

Love your presentation Donal, always! 🙂 


Dec 12, 2014, 2:27 pm Reply

Can't wait to try it..


Dec 12, 2014, 4:04 am Reply

I'd never made or even tried mulled wine, but I had a party last friday night and decided that it would be like a "winter sangria" for my guests.  It smelled divine, and everyone who tried it asked for seconds.   Thank you for the recipe and the video.  Loved it.

Ani Tachedjian

Dec 12, 2014, 3:17 pm Reply

Where can I find the actual recipe with all the ingredients listed?  


Dec 12, 2014, 9:15 am Reply

where is the raisins and the almond to the wine? u need it in the drink when u serve :/

Eleni 〈3

Dec 12, 2014, 8:47 pm Reply

Hello! i have one question..How can i storage it?And for how long?
Thank you in advance! 😀

Libby Warren

Apr 4, 2015, 9:09 am Reply

Christmas is summertime here. I'll have to find another excuse to make this in winter 😀

Hayden Bowyer

Oct 10, 2015, 7:43 pm Reply

the way u described it… can't wait to do some of my own. Thanks.


Nov 11, 2015, 7:07 pm Reply

My place of work doesn't have a stove; so is it possible to re heat mulled wine in the microwave?


Dec 12, 2015, 4:58 pm Reply

trying this one on monday for my little christmas party 🙂

Chels T

Jan 1, 2016, 9:45 pm Reply

Lol.. I thought he was gonna make the wine. Never mind.

santanu ghosh

Jan 1, 2016, 3:45 pm Reply

nice one…

Albert Abuzarov

Jul 7, 2016, 5:27 pm Reply

What's your accent?

Paúl sdetomate

Dec 12, 2016, 8:47 pm Reply

can i get drunk with this? nice recipe


Dec 12, 2016, 10:16 pm Reply

Currently making it now 😀

craig fernandez

Dec 12, 2016, 11:07 pm Reply

Hey Donal, just wanted to shout out a big thank you .i made your mulled wine two days in a row and it was a big hit

Sandra Fraser

Nov 11, 2017, 3:13 am Reply

No printable recipe ????


Dec 12, 2017, 11:07 pm Reply

After filming the dress rehearsal, did the cameraman swallow the practice batch? He's all wobbly.

Warinthorn Tasiri

Dec 12, 2017, 3:40 pm Reply

here is a good recipe:


Jan 1, 2018, 9:56 pm Reply

I love mulled wine! This year I tried to make a German style, a British style and a Swedish style with my friends:) But do we have to prepare good quality wine for this or just some cheap one is better?

Sébastien Fortin

Nov 11, 2018, 7:45 am Reply

What do you do with the leftover wine? Can you heat it up once again?

Elo Hansen

Dec 12, 2018, 5:26 pm Reply

In Denmark, are name Gløg.


Dec 12, 2018, 6:24 am Reply

I’ve been making this exact recipe for a few years now and it’s better than most


May 5, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

You need a good wine, that comes not only from Italy, there are premium wines from France, Argentina, Chile, etc…

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