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.

42 thoughts on “Mulled Holiday Port

  1. 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.

  2. 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.🍾🍷

  3. 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 )

      • 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

      • 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 )

  4. 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

  5. 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

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