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(Fethiye) Mulled Wine Recipe – Christmas In A Cup

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Tis the season of mulled wine.

Memories of freezing cold December nights in Manchester city centre.

All of them made toasty, comforting and festive by the sight of a series of wooden huts in the square, softly lit and packed with handmade goodies, European foods.

And stalls with huge simmering cauldrons of spiced, hot, red glühwein.

A small deposit paid for the mug, an extra bit of cash should you want a shot of rum or brandy and that was it.

Standing amongst the packed crowds with a comforting cup of alcoholic spice known in European market circles as glühwein – mulled wine to us Brits.

Gloved hands wrapped around the mug to soak in every bit of warmth on offer, that little shot of alcoholic heat creeping into the body and then we were good to go.

We were ready to join another long queue for a pricey – but essential – bratwurst. All part of the Christmas market experience.

Christmas Pomander In Fethiye, Turkey
Oranges and cloves – great for festive decoration as well as mulled wine ingredients

For us, there’s no other drink that makes you feel quite as festive as a steaming hot cup of fruity, spicy red wine.

And, fortunately for us, sıcak şarap is also now popular in the bars of Fethiye over winter.

Of course, we’ve been known to enjoy the odd one just to warm ourselves up on arrival.

This time of year sees Christmas markets sprouting up all over Europe.

One day, we’d love to visit one of those northern European ones – you know, the ones that look like they’re out of a fairytale.

We’ll make it one day, but for now, we’re happy to partake in a sıcak şarap in a Fethiye bar – or, even better, make our own at home.

This is the time of year that sees our biggest pan on the hob, bubbling away and filling the room with the smell of Christmas!

Whether you call it glühwein, mulled wine or sıcak şarap (hot wine), this time of year just isn’t the same without it.

We’ve got all of our ingredients ready – because oranges and cloves are useful for more than just a mulled wine recipe (as you can see above).

And we’ve actually kicked off our mulled wine season already, too! Well, it all contributes to getting oneself into the festive spirit.

Our (Fethiye) Mulled Wine Recipe – Sıcak Şarap

Mmm, you’ll notice we’ve called our mulled wine recipe ‘Fethiye Mulled Wine.’

Well, we are in Fethiye, after all, and we do like to keep things local, so we’ll be adding a couple of local seasonal ingredients to our festive drink.

How To Make Mulled Wine
This winter drink doesn’t need expensive wine

Do not fear; you’ll still be able to make this recipe in the UK or other countries where you’re reading from.

None of the ingredients are exclusive to Fethiye; they’re just in foods that are in season here, right now.

And the main thing to point out is, this mulled wine recipe is easy.

There is no need to go off to the supermarket to buy the ready made sachets. Where’s the fun in that?

You just need a few ingredients, mix them together in a pan, heat them up and the result is festive, winter comfort in a cup.

Never a glass, for us. A glass doesn’t say winter.

Let’s Make Mulled Wine

So, what about this Fethiye connection?

Well, we love our local seasonal produce and December is definitely citrus season when the lemons, tangerines, mandalinas and oranges are bursting forth and the market stalls are packed with them.

Pomegranates are coming to the end of their prime but are still good for juicing. And what food is Fethiye really famous for? Fethiye honey, of course.

So there you have it; a perfect excuse to make our mulled wine recipe – a Fethiye version of mulled wine.

And, as for the addition of brandy or dark rum – your mulled wine will still taste great without either of those.

But it’s the festive season, it’s winter, and we’re all allowed a little indulgent treat every now and then, aren’t we?

As for us, we’ll be putting a few cold meats and cheeses on a plate with a generous side serving of homemade chutney and chicken liver pate.

That’ll do as a perfect mulled wine accompaniment.

Mulled Wine Or Sıcak Şarap
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Mulled Wine Recipe – Christmas In A Cup

What it says in the title – this mulled wine recipe is just Christmas in a cup.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine European
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 340kcal
Author Turkey’s For Life


  • 1 litre red wine
  • 1 large orange juiced
  • 1 pomegranate juiced
  • 1 dessert spoon honey
  • 1 dessert spoon brown sugar
  • 50 millilitres brandy or dark rum – optional, but highly recommended!
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves crushed
  • 1 pinch coriander seeds crushed


  • Pour the full bottle of wine into a large saucepan.
  • Add the orange juice and the pomegranate juice.
  • Now add your spices, honey and sugar.
  • Give everything a stir.
  • Place a lid on the pan and slowly bring to the boil over a medium heat.
  • Allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes and then remove from the heat.
  • Leave the lid on the pan and allow the mulled wine to stand for around 5 minutes to allow all your flavours to infuse.
  • Now take a cup, place a sieve over it, and ladle your mulled wine into the cup.
  • Don’t forget to serve some to your friends, too!


  • The brandy / rum is optional but adds extra punch and spicy flavour to your mulled wine. Of course, measurements are flexible so you can add more or less, depending on your preferences.
  • If you don’t have a cupboard filled with spices, you can use a level teaspoon of allspice instead of the cinnamon and cloves.
  • Drink responsibly!


Calories: 340kcal
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Friday 29th of May 2015

Hello! My wife comes from Slovakia: Mulled wine = Varené víno. Thank you for the link! I will be keeping my eyes wide open for your suggestions - Pamukkale, Idol and Kayra. 8 more days and counting .....

Turkey's For Life

Friday 29th of May 2015

Ha ha, thanks! Building up a language collection, here. ;)

Other drinkable wines are Angora (nt sure whom makes that one) and also a few of the Kavaklidere ones. Enjoy your holidays! :)

Turkey's For Life

Wednesday 27th of May 2015

Hi Fagel, love to know about different words for mulled wine. :) This article we're giving you the link for is 4 years old but interesting, nonetheless. Charles Metacalfe is one of Britain's most famous wine tasters/critics and knows his stuff (but clearly doesn't know too much about Turkey, itself. ;) ). Since this article, however, Turkey broke the world record (at the London International Wine Fair) for most awards won at one fair - they won 150 medals. Turkish wine is really on the up but the problem here in Turkey is government taxes so the nice ones that we tend to like soon become very pricey. If they become available abroad, they'll probably be really cheap like Chilean wines used to be. The ones we buy often - for a reasonably priced red wine that we like to drink with food or at weekends - are wines from companies, Pamukkale, Idol and Kayra. That's because their wines tend to be a dark red rather than transparent and they do taste slightly thicker. Here's the link:


Wednesday 27th of May 2015

As fotoala said in the very first response, we call it Glögg in Sweden. But what about Turkish wine in general? I love bringing home a bottle or local red, wherever I happen to be, but Turkey isn't known for its wine and I don't want to repeat any mistakes I've already made by closing my eyes and choosing. Do you have some favourites you can recommend or do you know somewhere I can find an appraisal of Turkish wines?

Turkey's For Life

Friday 30th of December 2011

@ Andrew Graeme Gould: We had a great Christmas, thanks. Hope you did, too.

Andrew Graeme Gould

Friday 30th of December 2011

Thanks for the recipe!Hope you've had a very merry Christmas!!!

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