The Best Mulled Wine

We love a well-spiced, fragrant mulled wine and this one hits the spot. The spices steep in the cider to intensify their flavors before everything is combined to create a warming, winter drink.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 hr
  • Active: 20 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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3 cups apple cider

5 whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole allspice berries

1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Two 750-milliliter bottles dry red wine

2 cups ruby port

2 clementines, thinly sliced, seeds removed

2 apples, thinly sliced, seeds removed


  1. Add the cider, cloves, cinnamon, allspice and peppercorns to a medium pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until reduced by a third, about 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the cider through a sieve into a clean pot, then discard the spices. Add the red wine, port, half the clementines and half the apples. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low to keep warm. Garnish cups of warm mulled wine with the remaining fresh apple and clementine slices. (Do not serve the steeped fruit from the pot.)