Spicy Mulled Wine

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Turn up the warmth on your winter wine…

Spiced mulled wine is the perfect feel-good treat during a cold winter’s day. Spices like cinnamon and cloves provide a homey warmth to the wine, but you could add some real spiciness too. A small amount of cayenne pepper powder added during the simmering process can ramp up that homey spice. It’s still a friendly level of heat, especially if you keep it to a simple half a teaspoon. But obviously you can take things further than that if you’re a spicy food fan. This is one mulled wine that’ll warm you right up in no time flat.

Spicy Mulled Wine

Spicy Mulled Wine

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 bottle red wine Cabernet Sauvignon works well
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur Grand Marnier works
  • 1 orange peel on, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 4 star anise and/or orange slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish


  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the red wine, agave nectar, apple cider, orange liqueur, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cayenne pepper.
  • Stir occasionally, and once the mix reaches a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low. Allow the mulled wine to simmer for 30 minutes over medium-low.
  • Remove the mulled wine from the heat and strain the wine to remove the oranges, cloves, and cinnamons sticks.
  • Serve the mulled wine. Garnish with star anise, orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on December 7, 2020 to include new content.
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