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.
Add the honey, tame the spices
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, made 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.
Mulled wine by the glass!
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.
Try these other warm winter drinks!
- Hot Mulled Cider
- Chamomile Honey Hot Toddy
- Hot Chocolate
- Orange and Vanilla Hot Buttered Rum
- Brown Sugar Irish Coffee
Honey Mulled Wine RecipePrint
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.
- 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 whole black peppercorns
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, plus extra (optional) for serving
- Thin peels of lemon zest for serving
1 Combine the ingredients: Combine the wine, water, honey, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick in a 2-quart saucepan. If you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste.
2 Warm over medium-low heat until steamy and lightly simmering.
3 Serve: Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.
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