The surprising health benefits of mulled wine!

Nothing heralds festive cheer quite like a comforting glass of mulled wine. The familiar smell of a warm, fruity red infused with a blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and orange is one of the hallmarks of a Christmas well spent.

Far from being a guilty pleasure this year, you can indulge knowing that mulled wine not only warms the soul but also offers a range of potential health benefits (when enjoyed in moderation, of course!)

When combined with cinnamon in particular, mulled wine becomes a powerhouse of goodness. Let us explain…

Cinnamon, a key spice in mulled wine, is renowned for its antioxidant properties. It contains high levels of polyphenols, which help combat oxidative stress, reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties that may assist in lowering inflammation in the body.

The red wine base in mulled wine brings its own set of health benefits. Resveratrol is associated with heart health benefits and may help protect the lining of blood vessels, lower bad cholesterol levels, and prevent blood clots. When consumed in moderation, red wine has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Combining cinnamon with red wine amplifies their potential health benefits. Cinnamon has been linked to aiding the management of blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity, which, when combined with the cardiovascular benefits of red wine, creates a potentially synergistic effect on heart health.

Moreover, the warmth of mulled wine, especially when consumed in moderation, can promote relaxation and comfort during colder months, potentially reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.

With all this festive good news in mind, allow us to share a favourite mulled wine recipe for you to try at home. Do let us know how you get on with it – we always enjoy your feedback!

Our Favourite Festive Mulled Wine Recipe:

Red Wine (1x 750 ml bottle)

500ml Apple Cider

4 Tablespoon Honey

1 Orange (zested and juiced)

5 Whole Cloves

4 Green Cardamom Pods

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Whole Star Anise

4 Tablespoons Brandy

Orange (slices, for garnish)

Cinnamon Sticks (for garnish)


Pour wine into a large pot or slow cooker

Add WHOLE spices, apple cider, and orange citrus.

Simmer to allow the spices to infuse the wine with their warmth and the other ingredients to marry into a single, delicious drink.  

Add brandy. ENJOY!


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