Mulled Wine Cordial Recipe
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Mulled Wine Cordial Recipe

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Give festive bottles of your own mulled wine to family and friends this Christmas season. They'll love it! You might want to double the recipe and keep a bottle on hand for parties at home, too. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 22 servings


  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup brandy
  • Ice cubes, optional


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove colored layer of peel from orange and lemon in strips, leaving the white pith. Cut fruit crosswise in half; squeeze juice into a large saucepan.
  2. Add wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and citrus peels to pan. Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into wine mixture. Cook over medium-low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely. Let stand, covered, 24 hours.
  3. Strain wine, discarding solids. Stir in brandy. Pour into glass bottles; seal tightly. Refrigerate at least 1 week. If desired, serve over ice. Yield: 22 servings (1-1/2 ounces each).
Originally published as Mulled Wine Cordial in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2016, p191

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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