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The 7 Best Warm Holiday Drinks

Posted by Kimberly Cruickshanks on

As the nights get colder, nothing beats gettin' cozy with a warm boozy drink. Below are our favorite drink recipes, created by makers and chefs from all over the world. All the recipes include the technique of mulling - where the flavor of the spices can soak and infuse to make a rich and flavorful beverage.  

If you're looking for a kit to get your started, check out are new Mulled Wine Brewing Kit here.

No. 1 |  Orange White Mulled Wine
by Mitzy at Home

750 ml (1 bottle) white wine
1 orange - the juice of 
1 orange, sliced (leave 2 slices for garnish)
8 tbsp white granulated sugar
1 tbsp honey
5-6 cloves
4-5 star anise
4 cinnamon sticks


No. 2 |  Appleberry Mulled Wine
by BBC Food

2 x 75cl bottles red wine (like Merlot)
1 cup good-quality cloudy apple juice
115g caster sugar
cinnamon stick, snapped in half
2 star anise
tbsp orange Curaçao or Cointreau
1 handful cranberries, or other forest fruits
3 small red-skinned apple sliced into rings


No. 3 |  Blackberry Mulled Wine
by The Buzz Blog

1 bottle red wine
5 California Giant blackberries
6 whole cloves
4 star anise pods
2 cinnamon sticks
2 juniper berries
2 oranges
1/4 cup brown sugar


No. 4 |  Honey Mulled Wine
by Simply Recipes

1 750ml bottle of zinfandel
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of honey
15 black peppercorns
3 inches of cinnamon stick for the wine, more sticks (optional) for serving
A few Thin peels of lemon zest for serving


No. 5 |  White Glögg
by Modern Wife Style

1 bottle white wine (pino or blach)
1 dl (0.4 cup) light rum
1 L (4 cups) apple juice
2 tbsp sugar
1 orange - zest and meat
50 g (1,5 oz) fresh ginger, peeled and cut to small pieces
1 handful or two raisins
1 handful almonds, blanched*
3 Cinnamon sticks
5 star anise
15 whole cloves
25 black pepper corns

*How to blanch almonds:
Blanching simply means removing the skin
1. Bring water in a small saucepan to a boil
2. Place raw almonds in the boiling water and let boil for one minute
3. Drain them
4. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them


No. 6 |  Mulled Pear & Ginger 
by Jamie Oliver Drinks (modified) 

750 ml (1 bottle) white wine
2 liters Cloudy apple juice
2 thumb-sized Ginger pieces, sliced
2 Ripe pears, sliced
2 Cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve
4 Cardamom pods
3 tbsp Light brown sugar
4 limes - juice of 4 limes, zest of 2


No. 7 |  Mulled Pineapple Rum
by Kitchenette Blog

6 ounces dark rum
2 ounces
1 tbsp whole allspice berries
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cups pineapple juice
1 vanilla bean pod, split in half lengthwise, seeds scraped out


Hope you have a wonderful holiday where your belly is full and your glass is empty! ; )

Best Wishes,
The Cooking Gift Set Team