Hot Mulled Wine with Orange, Spices, and Scotch Whisky

Hot Mulled Wine

Hot Mulled Wine
Orange, Spices, Scotch Whisky
Amarena Cherries

Whether on the slopes or off, Hot Mulled Wine is guaranteed to ward off that winter chill.

A fruity orange juice reduction has a touch of sweetness, warming spices of cinnamon and clove, the exotic flavor of star anise and the unique herbal fragrance of bay. A hearty Cabernet Sauvignon (that’s not too oaky or tannic) is simmered with the orange spice mixture until piping hot.  The wine is fortified with a generous splash of scotch whisky for an extra kick.

When it comes to hot mulled wine, the garnish is important! We jazz it up, otherwise, it just looks like murky fermented juice in a glass. Orange slices and cinnamon sticks are a traditional garnish. Additionally, we skewer luscious amarena cherries to enhance the dark fruit characteristics of the wine. Skol!

Hot Mulled Wine Recipe


  • 2 c. orange juice
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 750 ml bottle dry red wine
  • 1/3 c. scotch whisky


In a medium pot, bring orange juice, sugar and spices to a boil. Reduce by half. Lower heat and add wine. Simmer until wine is hot. Add scotch whisky.

Hot Mulled Wine

  • orange wheel
  • cinnamon stick
  • amarena cherries
  • orange peel
  • bay leaf

Place orange wheel and cinnamon stick in glasses. Alternate cherries, orange peel and bay leaf on a decorative pick. Pour hot mulled wine into glasses. Garnish with a pick across the top.

Amarena cherries

Stay warm, friends!

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