Mulled White Wine Recipe {With Orange & Rosemary}

This mulled white wine recipe is perfect for using up a dodgy bottle of white wine which isn’t quite drinkable. This is the first year I’ve made mulled white wine - I’m a huge red fan but I’m quite enjoying the lighter white version.

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When putting together this mulled white wine recipe I had a play with different combinations of juices and cordials. Elderflower cordial came up trumps - it adds light floral notes and also keeps the mulled white clear rather than cloudy.

The addition of orange zest gives the mulled white wine a fresh and zesty flavour. I like orange zest, but you could add lemon zest or clementine slices - whatever you have to hand.

Spice wise, cinnamon sticks are a must - they smell like Christmas. Cloves add depth - I tried it without cloves and it wasn’t quite right. A few all spice berries add something but they’re not essential. You could also try star anise or a couple of cardamon pods.

Rich prefers mulled white wine with a splash of brandy, but I think it’s fine without. I also like to serve mulled white wine with a sprig of rosemary in the glass (it looks pretty and I like the herby flavour it gives) but it’s not necessary.

Mulled White Wine Recipe {With Orange & Rosemary}

  • Makes: 6 glasses

  • Prep time: 5 minutes

  • Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 750ml bottle white wine

  • 60ml elderflower cordial

  • 100ml water

  • 4 strips of orange zest (peeled with a vegetable peeler)

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 6-8 cloves

  • Few whole spice berries or star anise (see notes)

  • Splash of brandy (optional)

  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar (to taste)

  • Sprigs of rosemary to serve (optional)


  1. Put the white wine, elderflower cordial, water, citrus zest, cinnamon stick and cloves in a saucepan. Warm very gently for 30 minutes over a very low heat. Do not allow the mulled white wine to boil or simmer at all.

  2. Turn off the heat and add a splash of brandy (if using) and sugar to taste. Ladle into glasses and serve with a sprig of rosemary if you like.

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