Liz’s marvellous mulled wine recipe


  • 2 oranges, organic (or well scrubbed)
  • 1 lemon, peel (organic, unwaxed or well scrubbed)
  • 100g caster sugar
  • A generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 cloves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 bottles of fruity inexpensive red wine, preferably organic
  • 500ml water
  • 5 star anise
Liz Earle Wellbeing mulled wine

Liz writes:

One of the festive season’s greatest treats has to be a glass of deliciously warming mulled wine – its distinctive aroma signalling the Christmas season. Adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise also boosts our antioxidant levels, so if you’re in need of a little seasonal cheer, enjoy this heart-healthy winter warmer. Good health!


Use the below as a guideline, but feel free to add your own additional spices such as vanilla and cardamom.

  1. Peel and juice one orange into a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and all the spices apart from the star anise. Add just enough water or a little wine to cover the sugar, then simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to boil for a few minutes to infuse the spices until you have a sticky syrup.
  2. Then add the bottles of wine and star anise to the pan and heat gently until warm. Be careful not to let the mulled wine boil at this stage otherwise the alcohol will burn off, together with many of the healthy benefits of red wine!
  3. Ladle into glasses and decorate with a wedge of orange (studded with a few extra cloves if you wish). To make a less alcoholic version, simply add a little more orange juice and water. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the red wine with cranberry juice.

Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise help boost our antioxidant levels
  • Some studies have revealed that ‘resveratrol’ in red wine may have the potential to kill the damaged cells that can lead to certain cancers