Hot Canadian Wino: A Maple Syrup Mulled Wine

The cold weather has arrived and the holiday season is in full swing! One of the first holiday parties I attended this year was hosted by a good friend of the blog, and occasional guest contributor, Mr. Peter G. On the menu was a true Christmas classic and something I haven’t had for a number of years; mulled wine. It was delicious!

As a thank you for his hospitality, I decided to steal his idea and represent it as my own. It was either that or steal Georgie, his lovely, yet completely insane puppy. But I’m a good friend, so I let him keep his dog.

Photos by ADV Photography

Mulled wine has been around for centuries, so instead of simply rehashing a classic recipe, I decided to give it a Canadian twist. You may be asking yourself, “How does one accomplish this impressive feat?” Simple: just add a ton of maple syrup.


1 bottle of red wine (we used a Jackson-Triggs Cabernet Sauvignon for extra Canadian-ness)
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup Sortilège (whisky and maple syrup liqueur)
¼ cup maple syrup
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
4 star anise
2 oranges (sliced)

Pour all the ingredients, except for the oranges, in a pot. Bring to a boil while stirring together thoroughly. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the orange slices and simmer for an extra minute. Pour into mugs and serve.

There you have it; a delicious Canadian mulled wine recipe perfect for the holidays.

PS. Peter, thanks for the inspiration. Keep the ideas coming, or I promise, I will literally steal your dog!

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