Spiced Scandinavian mulled wine

Spiced Scandinavian mulled wine
  • Serves icon Serves 12
  • Time icon Takes 40 minutes to make, plus cooling

Spoil your party guests with this potent winter brew of spiced Scandinavian mulled wine made from red wine, port and vodka.


  • 100g whole blanched almonds
  • 700ml red wine
  • 700ml ruby port
  • 600ml vodka
  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 2 small cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • The pared zest of 2 large oranges
  • 100-150g golden caster sugar (according to taste)
  • Raisins, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Cover the almonds with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes. Drain and slice lengthways into thin shards, then spread out on a baking tray and roast for 6-7 minutes, until golden. Cool.
  2. Meanwhile, put the red wine, port, vodka, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, the pared zest and golden caster sugar into a large pan and leave over a low heat for 20 minutes – do not let it boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Put a metal teaspoon into each glass – this will absorb the heat so that the glass doesn’t crack.
  4. To serve, pour the mulled wine between glasses and sprinkle with the toasted almonds and raisins.


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