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Easy Winter Cranberry Mulled Wine Recipe

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Easy Winter Cranberry Mulled Wine Recipe is the perfect warm cocktail to sip on this holiday season!

With temperatures low and everyone staying inside, there’s no better way to relax than with a warm mugful of mulled wine and your favorite holiday show or movie.

This is also a great drink to sip on while decorating this holiday season!

Cranberry Mulled Wine

What is mulled wine?

Mulled wine is a drink that contains red wine, mulling spices, fruit, and sometimes liquor.

It’s a very popular drink drink the winter. If you’ve ever been to Europe, it’s very commonly served at Christmas markets in European countries.

Last winter, when I traveled to Italy, one of my favorite memories was buying a large mug of mulled wine and sipping it while seeing the sights and sounds of Florence on New Year’s Eve.

Cranberry Mulled Wine

About the Recipe

This recipe is an homage to the mulled wine I sipped on in Florence. I added cranberry juice and garnished with cranberries to give this drink an extra cozy holiday feel.

I love this recipe because it’s so simple!

You’ll need a bottle of red wine – use anything you like! If you’re unsure, I would recommend a red like a Pinot Noir or Petite Syrah. These wines are both known to have strong fruit flavors and would be great in this cocktail.

This recipe also calls for sweet red vermouth – I highly recommend getting a bottle and storing it in the fridge. It’s a delicious cocktail addition, especially in the winter!

If you don’t have sweet red vermouth, you could use a few shots of bourbon, but check the taste before you serve to see if you need to add more sweetener.

Finally, you needed to serve these in some adorable mugs, because it’s the holidays! Check out these ADORABLE mugs on Amazon if you need some holiday cheer!

Cranberry Mulled Wine

More Holiday Cocktail Ideas

Looking for more holiday cocktail ideas? Here are a few that will be perfect to celebrate the season:

Cinnamon Spiced Manhattan Cocktail: Love bourbon? Make this Cinnamon Spiced Manhattan Cocktail. It’s strong but so delicious. I love the flavor that the cinnamon adds to this cocktail.

Autumn Aperol Spritz: If you love Aperol Spritz in the summer like me, this version adds sweet red vermouth and bourbon for a cozy and boozy twist on an Italian classic.

Easy and Cozy Fig Manhattan: For Manhattan cocktail lovers, this delicious easy and cozy fig Manhattan uses fig simple syrup to create a sweet hint to a Manhattan that’s perfect for the holidays.

Cranberry Mulled Wine

Easy Winter Cranberry Mulled Wine Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup sweet red vermouth
  • 1 orange, sliced, plus more for serving
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 2 star anise, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey


Combine ingredients together in a large saucepan. Stir gently.

Cook mulled wine on medium heat until it reaches a slow simmer. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Using a fine strainer, strain the mulled wine to remove orange, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise.

Serve in a mug and garnish with more orange, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.


  1. I love mulled wine! This looks great!

  2. Oh yum!!!! I could seriously drink this all day! Love all the gorgeous spices and the cranberry juice. Would never have thought to add that. I just might add more red wine than required…..LOL

  3. Perfect winter warmer, can’t wait to serve up at Christmas

  4. This is so delicious! I can’t wait for my husband to try it.

  5. I really love the addition of orange to this mulled wine, I was going to make some this weekend and I’m going to use this recipe, I just love the look and sound of it. Thanks

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