Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine

November 28, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

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

Food52 Review: 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

Serves: how thirsty are you, honey?


  • 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
In This Recipe


  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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Reviews (3) Questions (0)

3 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!!