Mulled Wine – a festive feel with no added sugar

A super simple version of mulled wine, without the added sugar but with all the festive feel.

While studies show that a glass or two of red wine has some health benefits, remember that wine is still an occasional treat as these benefits dissipate the more you drink. Resveratrol, a naturally-occuring chemical found in red grape skins and red wine may be beneficial for heart disease. Enjoy your mulled wine mindfully on non-fasting days, and with a meal!

Serves: 6

Calories per serving: 99

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 750 ml dry red wine
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds (remove the peel if you would like a less-bitter drink)
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise


  1. Pour wine, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon and star anise into a large saucepan, bring to a very gentle simmer over medium heat. Try not to let it bubble too much as this is the alcohol cooking off.
  2. Cover the saucepan and reduce heat to low – continue to gently simmer for another 15 minutes (or longer for more pronounced spices).
  3. Taste and squeeze the orange slices into the wine for a sweeter taste – but be careful, they’ll be hot! Strain the wine into festive mugs and top with your favourite garnish (fresh orange, or spices from the pot).


  • We’d recommend a full body wine to carry the spice flavour – try a shiraz or cabernet merlot.

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