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Last-Minute Mulled Wine

last-minute mulled wine cocktail

 H. Joseph Ehrmann

For unexpected guests, throw together the classic Last-Minute Mulled Wine with ingredients you probably have in the pantry. When unexpected guests arrive at the door, there’s no easier party punch than Last-Minute Mulled Wine. Got a bottle of red wine lying around? Spike it with warm pantry spices like cinnamon and star anise, then amp up the flavor even further with a splash of bourbon or brandy. That’s how you capture the holidays in a mug.


  • 1/2 bottle Fruity red wine (such as Beaujolais or syrah)
  • 2 oz Bourbon or brandy
  • 2 Star anise pods
  • 1 Long strip of lemon or orange peel
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Garnish: Cinnamon sticks


  1. Add all ingredients into a small saucepan.

  2. Cook over low heat until warm (do not boil), remove from heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Serve in mugs or punch cups.

  4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.