Nothing says Christmas like some mulled fruits in a drink. Well, here’s some easy recipes for you to try out in your lodge this Christmas. We’ve even got something for the kids!


Mulled Wine

What you need:

1 Litre of dry red wine (don’t worry about the expensive stuff, the cheap stuff will be just as good)

2 (5cm) Cinnamon Stics

1 dessertspoon of cloves

1 dessertspoon of allspice

1 large piece of orange rind

1 large piece of lemon rind

4 tablespoons on sugar (add more to taste)



Grab a large pot, and add the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, all spice, lemon rind, and orange rind, over a medium heat. Ensure you do not bring this to the boil, but heat it gently instead. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar, once they dissolve, add more to taste.


Keep on a medium heat for 20 minutes to allow the flavours to flourish. Add more ingredients to taste. Serve your mulled wine in glasses or mugs and there you go.



Mulled Cider


What you need:

2 Litres of good traditional cider

6 Cloves

3 or 4 Star anise

¼ Nutmeg, grated

1 Cinamon Stick

1 Vanilla Pod cut in half

2 Juice of Clementines

1 Pomegranate (juice and seeds)

4-5 tablespoons of caster sugar



You’ll need a large pot. Add your cider and allow to heat up on a low heat for a few minutes. Add all the ingredients (spices and juices). Allow to boil, then turn down to simmer and thicken between 5-8 minutes.


Taste and add sugar if you need, however you don’t want it too sweet! Now you’re ready to serve up!


Mulled Apple Juice

Something you can enjoy with the grandkids and the kids.


What you need:

1 Litre of apple juice

Strips of orange peel

1 Cinnamon Stick (more if you would like to garnish with)

3 Cloves

Sugar or Honey



In a pot, simmer the apple juice and all ingredients apart from the sugar or honey. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes (without bringing to the boil). This will allow all the flavours to infuse together. Give it a taste, and add sugar or honey after as much for your liking.


Serve each drink with a little bit of orange peel and a cinnamon stick for true festive spirit!






Thanks to Allrecipes, BBC Good Food and Jamie Oliver for these great recipes.

Images courtesy of Jamie Oliver and HGTV.