Mulled Wine

While there can be no doubt that mulled wine is non-dairy, to paraphrase slightly, “Christmas isn’t Christmas without mulled wine” and this recipe tastes superb so I thought I’d tuck it in. It isn’t as ferociously alcoholic as many versions, but tastes a great deal better because of all the fruit and you really don’t miss the extra hooch.

You will need a large preserving pan for this quantity of mulled wine.

Recipe: Mulled Wine

Summary: The quintessential Christmas drink: here’s our version.


  • 4 bottles red wine – go for something not too expensive, but with a big flavour
  • 4 pints / 2.25 litres hot water
  • 4 scant teacups granulated sugar
  • 8-10 oranges (Un-waxed if possible)
  • 4-5 lemons (Un-waxed if possible)
  • 1 miniature bottle of rum/brandy (to taste, but better not over-done)
  • 20+ cloves
  • a good pinch of cinnamon


  1. Put the water into the preserving pan with the sugar and bring to the boil, stirring to ensure that the sugar dissolves rather than burning onto the bottom of the pan.
  2. Wash one of the oranges and stick the cloves into it.
  3. Wash and slice the remaining fruit with its peel on and add it all to the boiling water.
  4. Add a good pinch of cinnamon.
  5. Simmer for about 45 minutes.
  6. Add the wine and brandy/rum.
  7. Bring it back to just below a simmer, check for sweetness and serve. If the mulled wine is too sharp, add a little more sugar dissolved in a small quantity of hot water.

Quick Notes

If you double the quantities, you won’t need to double the brandy/rum, but you really will need double the fruit – that’s where the delicious flavour comes from.

Preparation time (duration): 10 minutes

Cooking time (duration): 45 minutes

Diet type: Vegan

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: cocktail

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1 comment to Mulled Wine

  • Dez

    I have been going without dairy for some time now since liltte Creed is allergic. Did you know there are about 15 different names for dairy. Goats milk has the same protein he its allergic to. Have you tried better than creamcheese or better than sour cream? I now like it better than the real stuff and freddy’s has it. Also I luv almond milk the best we cook with it and if you make a strawberry milk shake w/the almond vanilla and frozen strawberries it is way better than the real thing and not so many calories. I feel way better without the milk myself, but so far the only chocolate I can find is the guittard dark chips. Why did you cut dairy Jen? Miss u xo ps u should try coconut milk ice cream a couple soon fulls and you are done!

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