At Christmas time, nothing beats a glass of mulled wine by the fire. Joe Grogan’s Riverside Mulled Wine recipe is a warming celebration of traditional festive spices and simply tastes like Christmas in a glass! If you are having people around this festive season give them a warm welcome with a toasty glass of Joe’s finest mulled wine! If the quantities are too much for your gathering you can half or quarter all ingredients for the same great result!


  • 6 bottles of red wine
  • 3 vanilla pods
  • 3 whole nutmeg
  • 9 bay leaves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 18 cloves
  • 1000g castor sugar
  • 6 star anise
  • 3 limes
  • 3 lemons
  • 6 oranges
  • 5 litres of water
  • 2 pints of cider
  • 2 cartons of orange juice


  • Combine the wine, cider, spices, sugar, juice and water into a larger saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Slice the lemons, oranges and limes and pop them into the pot.
  • Simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes and enjoy.