Mulled wine cocktail with Sherry – Sherry christmas cocktail

Winter has a long tradition of bringing friends and family together to celebrate the close of the year and to prepare for the next. This time of year always ignites a desire for a hot cocktail to help one get through the bitter cold nights of winter. Of the many staples in the hot cocktail repertoire, none has a fabled a history as mulled wine.

What is a mulled wine cocktail?

Mulled wine dates back to the time of the Greeks and is said to have been invented by Hippocrates. The drink known as “hippocras” was created by using a gallon of red or white wine, two pounds of sugar, and spiced with cinnamon, clove, ginger, pepper, and mace. The Romans continued the mulled wine tradition and by the second century AD, recipes for “conditum paradoxum” could be found in the earliest Roman cookbooks. For both the Greeks and the Romans, mulled wine was a way of using leftover or bad wine and was conceived as a tonic more than a Christmas cocktail. Mulled wine continued to flourish during the Middle Ages as the wines from this era were not of the best quality. However, our modern interpretation of mulled wine really comes from the Victorian era in England, with the most notable example coming from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

We are going to stray a little from the norm and offer you a lovely Sherry Mulled Wine for you to share with your loved ones this holiday season.

Who invented the mulled wine cocktail drink?

The earliest example of mulled wine was created by Hippocrates from ancient Greece.

When is the best time to make a mulled wine?

Since mulled wine is a hot cocktail, it should be served during fall and winter.

Best sherry for a mulled wine is: Lustau Capataz Andrés Deluxe Cream

Any rich cream sherry will work best in our mulled wine recipe as it has the right flavor profile and will save you from having to add sugar to the recipe. Lustau Capataz Andrés Deluxe Cream will work perfectly in this recipe thanks to its great balance, character, and finesse. Despite of crafting a hot wine cocktail we are including some Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva too. Brandy de Jerez will provide deep layers of flavor, texture and aroma to this cocktail, thanks to its interaction with the spices, orange and the cream sherry wine.

Our Lustau Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva is for ten years in the Solera System in a selection of American oak casks that have been aging oloroso. Its concentrated tobacco leaves, roasted coffee and walnut aromas will lovely match with our Deluxe Cream and enhance the peppery nuances of the overall cocktail flavor.

Mulled wine with Sherry ingredients

  • 24oz of Lustau Capataz Andres Deluxe Cream Sherry
  • 2oz Lustau Brandy Solera Reserva Brandy
  • 1 orange
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 all spice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 nutmeg, for garnish

Mulled wine recipe – How to make the perfect christmas mulled wine

  1. Peel and juice the orange
  2. Add Sherry and brandy to a large saucepan on medium heat.
  1. Add spices, orange peel and orange juice to the saucepan
  2. Once wine is hot, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 30min or until desired taste is reached
  1. Strain mulled wine through a mesh strainer and serve into a coffee cup
  2. Grate nutmeg and add a cinnamon stick and an orange wedge over coffee cup to garnish.

Sherry mulled wine variations

Apple Cinnamon Sherry Mulled Wine

  • 16oz of Lustau Manzanilla Papirusa Sherry
  • 8oz Lustau Moscatel Emilin Sherry
  • 2oz Lustau Brandy Solera Reserva Brandy
  • 2 apples
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 all spice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cinnamon sticks, 4 for garnish

Honey-Sherry Mulled Wine

  • 24oz of Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos Sherry
  • 2oz Lustau Brandy Solera Reserva Brandy
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 all spice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 star anise, 4 for ganish


  • When is the best time to drink a mulled wine cocktail?
    • When the weather is cold
  • Who invented the mulled wine?
    • Hippocrates invented the first mulled wine
  • When was the mulled wine invented?
    • During the times of ancient Greece
  • Where is the mulled wine mostly consumed?
    • Europe is most known for mulled wine, with Germany being a top consumer
  • What sherry is best for a mulled wine?
    • Any cream sherry will work best for a mulled wine.

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