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Is it even Christmas without a lovely steaming mug of mulled wine?! We think not, and that is why we have a delicious recipe for Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine, for the perfect way to keep warm and celebrate the festive period this year.

If you thought Mulled Wine was a recent trend that just became more mainstream over the past few years then think again.  There are records of the Romans as far back as the 2nd Century heating up and spicing wine.
It really took off in the Middle Ages. The added spices were believed to make people healthier (a point some people still claim to this day), and it was also one of the better tasting drinks back then, as well as something that was easy to make in vast quantities.
It started to be predominantly drank over the holiday period in the Victorian era, and cemented its place as a festive drink when it was mentioned in Charles Dickens 1843 novel A Christmas Carol.

Mulled wine is unusual in the fact that it doesn’t have an original, correct, or specific recipe. Any number of ingredients can be used.
The perfect drink to warm you up it’s as much at home being drank during the day as it is on an evening.  It can be enjoyed in groups, or simple by yourself.


Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine Recipe

Makes: 8-10 cups

Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 20 Mins / Total Time: 30 Mins


  • 1 1/4 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 1/2 cup Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 8 Whole Cloves
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 3 Allspice Berries
  • Pinch Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 - 750 ml bottle red wine
  • 1 large sliced Honeycrisp Apple, plus extra for garnishing glasses
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate Arils, plus extra for garnishing glasses
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries, plus extra for garnishing glasses



  1. In an 8 quart saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice, fresh pressed apple cider, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise, allspice berries, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
  2. Bring the juice mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Then, add the red wine to the juice mixture along with the apples, pomegranate, and cranberries and heat through just until the mixture is hot through, then reduce heat to keep warm over low heat.
  4. In each glass, add a few fresh cranberries, pomegranate arils, and apple slices. Then, ladle the Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider Mulled Wine over top and serve.

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