Cranberry and Cardamom Mulled Wine

Freshly made mulled wine is about as Christmassy as it gets…christmas in a glass, if you will. It fills your home with its spicy aroma and tastes way better than any bottled mulled wine you can buy, even if you make it with a cheap red you can’t bring yourself to drink otherwise.

I posted a recipe last year, but this year have come up with a new one to try, which I prefer. It has cranberries, oranges, cardamom pods, cinnamon…it’s almost like making chai tea with wine.

Cranberry and Cardamom Mulled Wine


  • 1 bottle of red wine (I used a Rioja)
  • ½ pint of cranberries
  • ½ orange, sliced into wedges
  • about 12 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup sugar (more or less to taste and sweetness of wine)
  1. In a sauce pan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. (You can also make it in your crock pot.)
  2. Let simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until cranberries pop.
  3. Serve in mugs with the cranberries and oranges, but avoid serving the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick.
Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons by paul-simpson.org
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