Try our warm spiced cherry cocktail then check out our hot toddy, glühwein, mulled wine and more winter cocktails. Pair your drinks with our best winter comfort food recipes for the ultimate night in. For fun cocktails which mash up festive flavours, check out our Christmas mash-up recipes.


  • 750ml red wine (something unoaked is best)
  • 150ml cherry brandy or liqueur
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 small or 1 large oranges, sliced
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 small slices ginger
  • a generous grating nutmeg
  • 4 cardamom pods, bruised


  • STEP 1

    Gently simmer all of the ingredients for 10 minutes without boiling. Leave to steep for 30 minutes. To serve, gently warm through and pour into mugs or heatproof glasses, and garnish with the extra cinnamon sticks.

More Christmas cocktail ideas below:

Mulled port with bay and rosemary

Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple. Make a batch to serve eight and let guests help themselves.

Two glasses of mulled port with sprig of rosemary inside

Mulled tea punch

This is a take on kinderpunsch, a non-alcoholic German drink served as an alternative to glühwein. Make this easy, booze-free drink over the festive season.

Hibiscus Tea Punch Recipe


The addition of rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – we've added some here to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential if you prefer your drinks a little less punchy.

Glühwein in glasses served on a tray

Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine: mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this year over the festive season. Our recipe has Christmassy flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine. Simply heat everything together in a pan to the quantities you need.

Mulled Beer Recipe

Mulled white wine

Move over red: mulled white wine with a splash of dry cider is here, and its comforting winter spices are guaranteed to leave you feeling festive and merry this Christmastime. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, then serve steaming mugfuls to thirsty guests.

Mulled white wine cocktail


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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