Honey Mulled Wine

Now this was a happy accident. I don’t know how I ended up with some red wine in a cup with honey in it, but it happened, and I’m so glad it did. Once I discovered how lovely my red wine tasted with honey, I thought to make a mulled wine with it. Mulled wines are typically very spicy affairs, with cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, etc. All well and good. The problem is that all of those spices together detract from the honey, and it’s the honey taste that goes so well with the wine. So this is a simple mulled wine, with only cinnamon, a few peppercorns and a little lemon zest to liven things up, all enhancing the flavors of the wine and the honey, not competing with them. It’s also pretty sweet, so feel free to play around with the amount of honey to suit your taste.

If you are unsure about whether or not you’ll like this recipe, just try it with a half glass of wine first, not the whole bottle. Heat the wine with a little honey to see if you like the way those flavors work together.

Honey Mulled Wine Recipe

  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one quart. Serves 5 to 6.

Make sure you use a wine that you like to drink! If it isn't good cold, it's not going to be any better hot.

Ingredients

  • 1 750ml bottle of zinfandel, or other full-bodied robust red wine that you enjoy drinking
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 15 black peppercorns
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick for the wine, more sticks (optional) for serving
  • Thin peels of lemon zest for serving

Method

Into a 2-qt saucepan, put the wine, water, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and honey (if you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste). Heat until steamy and lightly simmering.

Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.

Links:

The Wikipedia on Mulled Wine
Hot Mulled Wine from Andrea Meyers

19 Comments

  1. Amanda

    THIS. Thank you for posting, I was looking for a great wine recipe! :)

  2. Teresa

    I just had mulled wine last week for the first time, loved it!! Best use of the $2 buck Chuck I’ve had since using for braising. However, I didn’t know I was supposed to use water. Just used brown sugar and the above mentioned spices/orange. Will have to try this. BTW your Rillette spread was great and economical. Will be using again for Christmas.

  3. Katie

    I would love a cup of this right now! Wow!

  4. Linda

    I tend to have mulled wine every year with christmas. Not only does it taste fantastic, but if you ever can’t sleep, have one of these and you will be off to dreamland in no time :)

  5. Katrina

    Mmm I could so go for a JUG of this right now!

  6. Brittany

    I’ve never tried mulled wine, but after seeing this I think that needs to change. Sounds so delightfully… holidayey!

  7. mehrunnisa

    Hello there, lovely recipe! I use a combination of honey and sugar. It comes out really lovely. The honey gives an added depth.
    http://comeconella.blogspot.com/2011/12/mulled-wine-poicamole-and-christmas.html

  8. Je Ae

    It’s never occurred to me to make mulled wine, but now that I think about it, how perfect is it for Christmas? Sounds delicious and easy to make to boot.

  9. Midwestern Mary

    I’m definitely going to try this! I like mulled wine and glogg, but in general, they’re too baking-spiced for me. And I LOVE honey. So much so, that I have a few kinds on hand, a typical clover kind, a dark, musky buckwheat, and a delicate, light acacia. Linden honey is also wonderfully light and citrus-y. I can’t decide which one would work best with your recipe, though! I guess it will be fun experimenting…

  10. Flourish & Fancy

    Oh this sounds delightful! I really must try it and share the secret with my wine loving husband. Thanks for this great treat!

  11. Keith

    Usually when I see peppercorns I assume it is those for black pepper. Is that what I use here? Just wondering if I need to stop and buy something different on the way home. Sounds delicious.

    Yes, plain black peppercorns. I’ve clarified in the recipe, thank you. ~Elise

  12. Gina

    I just tried mulled wine for the first time last Sunday. I thought I was being offered “mold wine” but accepted a cup anyway. It was delicious and we all got a good laugh out my thinking it was “mold wine.” Can’t wait to try making it myself with your recipe!

  13. Nana Honey

    I think this sounds wonderfully warming. Elise, I have Grains of Paradise available. Would these work in place of the peppercorns, {or maybe be even better}? Also, could I place the lemon zest (how about orange, especially with an orange blossom honey?) in to simmer with the wine, water and honey, or would that make the citrus flavor too strong?

    Thanks again for the recipe – red wine is supposed to have health benefits, and this sounds even better than a straight glass of wine!

    Hi Nana, I made one batch with strips of orange zest simmered with the wine, and it was definitely too much. Overpowered the honey in my opinion. No idea about Grains of Paradise, but if you try it, please let us know how it works out for you. ~Elise

  14. Yosef - This American Bite

    Those kitchen accidents can sometimes be the best dishes you’ll ever make!

  15. Sanjeeta kk

    Wowie..have a bottle of red wine waiting to be transformed :)

  16. Sheila

    Nothing says Christmas like mulled wine….I love the “mold wine” comment above that’s hilarious! In Germany, at Christmas time, it comes with currents and walnuts and other goodies in the bottom of your mug.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful drink recipe! Merry Christmas Elise!

  17. Elisabeth

    Love this idea, reminds me of Glogg but with out the cloves and cardamon that I don’t really care for.

  18. Brian

    Great recipe! I made it for our Christmas Eve family get together and it was a huge hit! Merry Christmas!

  19. Amy (Savory Moments)

    This looks very festive, warming, and delicious. I love wine and I imagine that honey would work well in a mulled wine.

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