Lady Brunner's mulled wine

The Brunner family Christmas at Greys Court was a very traditional one, and Lady Brunner had a very hands on approach to the cooking in her home. We found this recipe in Lady Brunner's collection of well-loved recipes, and we're excited to share it with you here.

Enjoy a festive mulled wine
  • Preparation time 10 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 10-15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 12


  • small lemon
  • cloves
  • 285g / 1/2 pint water
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 1 bottle red wine (Lady Brunner suggests Claret)
  • 1/2 bottle inexpensive port
  • cinnamon stick
  • A little nutmeg
  • Lemon or orange slices for serving


  1. Pare the rind very thinly from the lemon and put into a pan.
  2. With a very sharp knife, cut away the thick outer pith from the lemon and discard it.
  3. Stud the pared lemon with the cloves and add to the pan, together with the water and the sugar. Stir over heat until the sugar has dissolved. 
  4. Add the wine and port, and stir with the cinnamon stick until just boiling
  5. Remove from heat and strain.
  6. Serve at once, with a little nutmeg grated on top and a slice of lemon in each mug