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Luxurious Mulled Wine Kit

Last Friday marked the day Hubby and I started our big adventure together, eleven years ago. Hubby had bought steak and he came home with a bottle of red wine. We normally go for Châteauneuf-du-Pape with red meat, but the bottle of red wine Hubby had chosen was great to accompany our beef with Dijon mustard and steamed vegetables. It would definitely complement my rougail saucisse and chorizo pasta perfectly, too.

We did not finish the bottle and the following day, I really fancied vin chaud (mulled wine). Can you think of a better winter warmer than hot, sweet, spiced wine? Me neither!

It turns out that as I have been making batches and batches of cranberry mincemeat recently, I had all the ingredients I needed at home.

Mulled Wine - Fruit and Spices

Within minutes, it smelt like Christmas all around the house!

Mulled Wine - Lindeman's

As we were sipping our mulled wine, I started thinking about presents for the children’s teachers and decided it would be a nice idea to give them a mulled wine kit. I made some more on Monday for my friend, just to make sure the balance of flavours was right. I used less cardamom and it was perfect!

Mulled Wine - Vin Chaud

I then started putting together what I had in mind and it looked great! It would make a nice alternative to an impersonal bottle of wine for colleagues, your children’s teachers or an ideal Secret Santa gift. Whether the recipient decides to make the mulled wine or not does not matter. It is all about the gesture and the effort that went into it, isn’t it?

Luxurious Mulled Wine Kit

Our kit included all ingredients listed in the recipe below. I studded the orange with the cloves, for aesthetics’ sake. I placed the cranberries, ginger, cardamom pods and bay leaf in a jar, but did not close it with a lid. I simply used jute as a way to prevent the contents of the jar from escaping, and secured the cinnamon stick to it with raffia ribbon. The sugar went in a smaller jar, lid on, with jute on top. I wrote the instructions on Kraft paper and attached them to the neck of the bottle with raffia ribbon. We presented the kit in a bag decorated by the children.

Mulled Wine Kit - The Perfect Homemade Present

You could omit the cranberries and replace the cinnamon stick and root ginger with their powdered counterparts, but to me, these three ingredients add to the luxurious feel of our homemade present.

Without further ado, here is my recipe:

Luxurious Mulled Wine Kit


  • A 6cm piece of root ginger
  • 1 orange washed
  • 2/3 cup soft brown sugar 85g
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • Optional: 1 cup fresh cranberries 90g, washed


  1. Peel the ginger.
  2. Stick the cloves into the orange and cut it in quarters.
  3. Place all ingredients together in a saucepan over a medium heat, until just simmering (do not boil). Stir well and reduce the heat.
  4. Cover and let the spices and fruit flavour the wine over a low heat for ten minutes. Gently squash the orange quarters and cranberries with a wooden spoon to release their juices and stir.
  5. Serve warm after straining the mulling ingredients.
  6. Santé!

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  1. 22/12/2014 / 7:10 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous and thoughtful gift this is Mel. You’re so creative! I’ll definitely remember this for next year. Thanks so much for linking to #festivefoodfriday this year and Joyeux Noel!

    • Mel
      22/12/2014 / 10:02 pm

      Joyeux Noël à toi aussi, ma belle! xxx

  2. Sarah James
    23/12/2014 / 11:19 am

    What a great idea, I love the addition of cranberries. Popping over from #TastyTuesdays

    • Mel
      24/12/2014 / 1:47 pm

      I am not normally keen on mulled wine, but adding ginger, crushing the cranberries and adding the juice of the orange really gives it a beautiful, fruity flavour.

  3. 23/12/2014 / 3:06 pm

    Happy anniversary honey, you guys must have got together just weeks before my hubby and I

    • 23/12/2014 / 3:08 pm

      I wrote you a much longer message than that but the phone gremlins ate it!!

      Hope you have a fab Xmas and trip to France darling. Let’s meet up early new year. Much love xxx

      • Mel
        24/12/2014 / 1:28 pm

        I hate it when that happens! We arrived in France yesterday and I am really enjoying being around family and eating loads (and loads and loads). xxx

        • 24/12/2014 / 2:58 pm

          Enjoy my lovely! Christmas is *all* about the food for me too (but you probably guessed that) xx

          • Mel
            24/12/2014 / 3:33 pm

            I had! Enjoy xxx

    • Mel
      24/12/2014 / 1:36 pm

      He he! x

  4. TalesofaTwinMum
    24/12/2014 / 12:35 am

    Happy anniversary! And what a lovely idea for a gift. I might have to do that next year. Wishing you and your family a fabulous Christmas and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog in the New Year. xx

    • Mel
      24/12/2014 / 1:26 pm

      Thanks Karen, have a wonderful first Christmas in Australia!

  5. 01/01/2015 / 12:27 am

    Mel this is such a fantastic idea! i adore the smell of mulled wine 🙂

    • Mel
      03/01/2015 / 6:18 pm

      Me too. It reminds me of Christmas markets!

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