A mulled wine for contrarians (Part 2 of #FeelingFestive)

Fun fact about traditional mulled wine – you can make a couple of bottles in advance and they won’t spoil as the spices act as preservatives.

Useful to know – if you like mulled wine. Not so useful if you are one of those who find that it triggers a booze-induced semi-restful Christmas coma.


Going… going… gone.

If you are in the latter camp, you need not resign yourself to regular wine (the horror!) over the festive period. There’s an alternative…

Mulled wine made with white wine is both delicious and underrated. But before you go away and simply replace the red wine for white in any regular recipe, be aware that the accompanying spices must change to reflect the new style of wine.

Invite your friends and family over for this lighter, more gentle Christmas cocktail and they’ll think you’re a genius mixologist.

Does it matter which wine you choose? Arguably yes. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are safe choices, and some recipes advocate Riesling too. Don’t pick the cheapest wine on the shelf – quality is important, people – but equally you don’t need to splurge on a Grand Cru Montrachet. Much of the flavour of the final output comes from the added spices and fruit.

white mulledIngredients

  • 1 bottle of Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2 tbsp honey, or more to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 inch of peeled fresh ginger
  • A dash of apple brandy (optional… but you know you want to)



Chuck all ingredients except the brandy into a pan and heat slowly until it is almost simmering. Be careful not to let it boil. Once it is off the heat, wait a few minutes before adding the brandy and serving.




This blog post is part of our Christmas series #FeelingFestive. Expect some more great recipes and festive-themed wine pairings over the coming few weeks. An update to the app (www.grapefulapp.com) is available for Android devices and will be available on iPhone this week. The update showcases our fabulous Christmas content, allowing you to easily select wine during this incredibly boozy time of year…we got you covered!

If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, it is available for free from the Apple App Store and also the Google Play StoreHere’s an image to tempt you!

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