5 Ingredients or Fewer

Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

November 28, 2012
1 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves how thirsty are you, honey?
Author Notes

From my blog, Dinner was Delicious (dot tumblr dot com).

Something happens at midnight on Thanksgiving that makes it feel like winter. Maybe the turkey hangover raises your basal body temperature and makes outside feel colder or maybe it’s just, you know, nostalgia. This year, here in Chicago, it feels extra blustery and we needed a drink to help us warm up.

Wine on its own is never a bad choice, but drinking it sweetened with honey and pomegranate juice, warmed gently and made fragrant with cinnamon and clove is quite possibly the best choice on the planet.

While we wouldn’t recommend using gut-rot-boot-leg-drink-it-in-college-with-straw-two-dollars-for-a-jug-not-that-we’re-speaking-from-experience hooch, this is a great recipe for lower end red wine. Merlot is great, Cabs are delightful, but we’re particularly fond of Zinfandel for this recipe. —Dinner was Delicious

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a really nice spiced drink, perfect for a holiday party. It's warm, spiced, and sweet. It's also very simple to make! Need I say more? —Anna Francese Gass

What You'll Need
  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine (low-mid range Zinfindels and Cabs work well)
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Mexican cinnamon is particularly nice)
  • 1 teaspoon whole clove
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large heavy pot, like a dutch oven, or your crock-pot.
  2. Stir well to dissolve the honey, slowly warm over low heat, without boiling.
  3. Keep it barely hot all day, topping up with more wine, juice, and honey, for guests, or down it in one go. No Judgement.
  4. Serve in mugs or thick, heat-safe glass, with a big plate of gingersnaps.
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7 Reviews

Virginia M. February 19, 2015
I made this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed having it on the stove on a cold winter's day. In the future, I may reduce or omit the amount of honey, or perhaps the juice? It became a little too sweet towards the end of the day, but that may also be because the liquid reduced and the sweetness became more concentrated as the day went on. Regardless, it was simple and delicious!
Kate December 1, 2013
I second basileorri! Provisions??
basileorri March 30, 2013
This is probably the most random comment ever but where can I buy that mug! It's gorgeous!!
Dominique P. December 20, 2020
Had the exact same thought about the mug! Did you get an answer on where to buy?
basileorri December 21, 2020
How funny, I commented 8 years ago and just got notification of responses to my comment. Unfortunately no one ever got back to me about this mug! It shall be forever coveted, it seems. On a more positive note: happy holidays to all ❤
Dinner W. December 21, 2020
Hi folks! The mug was hand made by me (Rachel, formerly part of this now defunct blog). Thanks for the compliments :) happy holidays!
Dinner W. December 21, 2020
Oh shoot. No. Wrong photo. No clue! Haha everyone carry on. Looks like food52 uploaded photos we didn’t shoot for this recipe, and this just looks exactly like a set of mugs I’ve made. Whoops!