Mulled Port & lemon

If you find mulled wine too heavy, try this refreshing alternative Christmas drink, served in 'frosted' glasses

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 166
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 15g
  • sugars 15g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0g


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 750ml bottle ruby port
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more to serve (optional)
  • plenty of ice, to serve
  • orange and lemon slices, to serve
  • lemonade, for topping up


Frost the glasses

To frost the glasses, whisk an egg white in a small bowl until foamy, and put 50g caster sugar and grated zest of 1 lemon in another. Dip the rims of the glasses first in the egg white, then twist in the lemony sugar and leave to dry. 


  1. Using a peeler, pare thin strips of zest from the orange and lemon. Squeeze the juice. Put the zests and juice into a large saucepan, then add the Port and remaining ingredients. Simmer very gently for 20 mins, then leave to cool completely. Can be made up to 1 week ahead and chilled. To serve, 'frost' the glasses if desired (see 'Tip', below left), put ice and slices of orange and lemon in each glass, then carefully pour in equal quantities of the Port and lemonade.

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