Mulled White Wine

Mulled White Wine
Featuring: New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 

Mulled wine is a cool weather essential that has many variations around the world. It's deliciously spicy and warming, almost akin to a cold weather sangria and much like sangria, it's a very affordable cocktail to serve for a large party. Mulled wine is traditionally served warm but this recipe can be served hot or cold and is equally fantastic either way.


  • 2 bottles dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 cup orange Muscat
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup honeyjuice from 2 lemons + zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored, halved, and thinly sliced


In a large saucepan over medium heat add the apple juice, honey, lemon zest and juice, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.

-If serving cold: Allow the above spice mixture to cool then mix spice mixture, wines, and fruit in a large pitcher. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Transfer to a large punch bowl, add the fruit and serve with ice.

-If serving hot: Add wines to the spice mixture and heat over low heat just until heated through. Add fruit, and divide among mugs.

Serves 12.