Jodie’s Totally Divine Mulled Wine

This is my totally ahhhh-mazing mulled wine recipe.

It's a hit at any time of year, but especially at Christmas! Enjoy it on the balcony on a balmy summer afternoon, or by a roaring fire on a chilly evening—even better when shared with family and friends (cheesy Christmas carols are optional).

Merry Christmas everyone. Ho ho ho!




  • 1 bottle o'plonk (I use a cabernet merlot)
  • ¼ cup brandy (optional)
  • 150 g sugar
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (fresh is best, but jar will do nicely too)
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 orange, cut into slices


  1. Place all of the dry ingredients into a large saucepan with the orange juice and just a splash of the red wine. Heat through to let the spices infuse the sugary mix. Don't heat for longer than 5 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture has reached a slightly sticky consistency, add the rest of the wine and turn the heat to a very low simmer for 15-20 minutes (don't let it boil, or the alcohol will burn off!)
  3. Serve immediately. Dead simple, and so, so delicious.

There you have it—Christmas in a cup. Enjoy!

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Jodie Moule

Jodie Moule

Despite starting life as an organisational psychologist, Jodie finally found her vocation in  the technology world during the boom 20 years ago. Since then, she has written a book (‘Killer UX Design’); created a world-leading Cooking app that’s rivalled Jamie and Nigella’s offerings (downloaded 1.5M times and counting); and founded and sold one of the largest and best known UX consultancies in Australia. What a ride! Free again, Jodie is now back doing what she loves, with people she likes to hang out with. She divides her time between Sydney and Byron Bay, where you’ll find her jogging to the lighthouse, or to Shelly Beach; or hanging out with her kids, her cat and dog… or cooking! With any spare time that remains 😊

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