Mulled Holiday Port

We’ve all had mulled wine, but have you ever had mulled port? It’s like mulled wine on crack. It will warm you on the dreary damp days of winter. It’s like medicine for the soul. Yes, it’s medicinal.

I found the recipe for mulled port and adapted it slightly from this cookbook:


Port is fabulous as is, but I never thought to serve it hot. Or mulled.

So here’s the recipe. If you like mulled wine, you’ll love mulled port!


Mulled Port

4 Clementines or tangerines, preferably seedless
1 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sugar
About 10 whole cloves
About 8 cloves allspice, smashed

2 sticks cinnamon
Sprinkling of ground nutmeg
1 bottle ruby port

Slice open 2 of the Clementines and squeeze the juice into an enameled saucepan large enough to hold a bottle of port. Add the water, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks, and the nutmeg.

Add the segments from the other two Clementines and add them to the saucepan as well.


Simmer the liquid and Clementines for about 10 minutes. The sugar will dissolve and your whole house will smell good.


Then add the bottle of port. I happened to be low on ruby port (husband) so I substituted tawny port for the rest.


Heat the mixture through, without letting it boil.


Sieve the mixture into a bowl with a spout.


Pour the mulled port into 2 or 4 heatproof glasses or cups. Serve immediately.


I also put a couple of Clementine segments into each glass, but that’s optional.


If I’d used shorter glasses, I also would have placed a cinnamon stick into each one.


verdict: This stuff is perfect. I wouldn’t alter anything with the recipe. Sweet enough without being too sweet. The original recipe called for 2 cups of water, but let’s not kid ourselves. While we’re warming our bodies, we want a buzz. We’re not drinking watered down port. Amen.

By Published On: December 19th, 201642 Comments on Mulled Holiday Port

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. chezlerevefrancais December 19, 2016 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    We haven’t bought the Christmas port yet as we end up drinking it! If I do this I think it won’t last but I’m going to have to try it. It’s freezing here and I’m huddled around the fire so it would be very welcome.

    • chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 7:31 AM - Reply

      I know – I’m a huge fan of port and sherry. This is a very warming drink – sounds like you need it!

      • chezlerevefrancais December 19, 2016 at 7:40 AM

        Can’t buy sherry locally so we buy Madeira….love that too!

      • chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM


  2. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef December 19, 2016 at 8:53 AM - Reply

    I am also a huge fan of port and sherry. I am going to have to try this. Prost!

  3. December 19, 2016 at 9:16 AM - Reply

    mmmmm. looks tasty…….. >

  4. Nadia December 19, 2016 at 9:27 AM - Reply

    I wish I liked mulled wine or port but unfortunately I cannot drink warm alcohol. I have tried numerous times, notably while living in Denmark for 2 years but I just do not like it. More for everyone else and I will stick to champagne.🍾🍷

    • chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 9:57 AM - Reply

      Well, there’s nothing wrong with champagne! Cheers!

  5. Cecile December 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM - Reply

    My dad used to drink Port, so this recipe brings back such sweet memories. You know, I was just talking to my friends about how we don’t see people drinking Port anymore. Well – I see that you do!! I can’t wait to try this. I’ve already PINNED the recipe and I’m going to add the ingredients to my shopping list!! ; o )

    • chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 10:05 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I love both port and sherry. Sometimes a little in the afternoon in the winter, or after dinner.

      • Cecile December 19, 2016 at 10:58 AM

        Once, when we lived in Malta, an older male neighbor got a kick out seeing if he could get me drunk on sherry…. he ended up very disappointed!! LOL

      • Cecile December 19, 2016 at 10:59 AM

        Once, when we lived in Malta and I had just returned, an older male neighbor of my thought he’d see if he could get me drunk on sherry. Boy, was he disappointed!! ; o )

  6. Cecile December 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM - Reply

    OOPS !!

  7. StefanGourmet December 19, 2016 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    If you want to keep that buzz, don’t heat it above 173 degrees (the boiling point of alcohol).

  8. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso December 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    Looks great. Glad you didn’t water it down! :)

  9. chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM - Reply

    That would be so wrong!

  10. anotherfoodieblogger December 19, 2016 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    I bet this would be so good in this dreadful weather we are having, but alas, red wines tend to give me migraines. I am sure it is delicious!

  11. Chica Andaluza December 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    Oh my that sounds good!

  12. The Album December 19, 2016 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    I’ve never even heard of port before! I just found out about Ice Wine this month. I’m deff giving this a try.

    • chef mimi December 19, 2016 at 5:38 PM - Reply

      Well you’re probably young! Enjoy!

  13. Lisa @ cheergerm December 19, 2016 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    What a lovely festive winter warmer. Have a beautiful Chrissy and great start to 2017.

    • chef mimi December 20, 2016 at 7:05 AM - Reply

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. ladyredspecs December 19, 2016 at 10:42 PM - Reply

    This delicious recipe gives me cold weather envy. Today i put some citrus fruit to macerate in brandy and spice for our warm weather substitute for mulled wine. Sangria is a Christmas Eve staple . Happy Christmas Mimi

  15. Abbe Odenwalder December 19, 2016 at 11:09 PM - Reply

    Oh do I love port Mimi, and this sounds fabulous! Now I am very thirsty and thinking I might need a night cap!

  16. Elaine @ foodbod December 20, 2016 at 1:13 AM - Reply

    That must smell AMAZING!!!

  17. Francesca December 20, 2016 at 1:37 AM - Reply

    Mulled wine on crack- love it.

  18. Debbie Spivey December 20, 2016 at 8:27 AM - Reply

    You have made me thirsty Mimi!

  19. sippitysup December 20, 2016 at 6:46 PM - Reply

    Tis the season for a cocktail, a holiday cocktail; something warm and comforting. The mere idea of a steamy mug of fragrant luxury laced with a fiery shot port is warming to both body and soul. GREG

  20. Cocoa & Lavender December 21, 2016 at 2:03 AM - Reply

    Sounds fantastic, Mimi – especially for these chilly evenings!

  21. Culinary Flavors December 22, 2016 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    I tried something similar last year in my son’s school bazaar and it was very warm and delicious! Happy Christmas and Joy in your hearts!

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