Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine

Fill your home with the scents of the season with this Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine. Served warm, it is the perfect cozy holiday cocktail that brings your favourite red wine to life with scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and star cardamon. And a burst of ruby red grapefruit citrus flavour.

Close up of a cup of Mulled Wine with a slice of grapefruit decorated on a holiday table.

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A nice glass of wine by an open fire while Christmas Carols play in the background and the lights on the Christmas tree twinkle.  Sounds like a perfect evening right?  But sometimes you just need to spice things up a little and try something new.

So this year I decided to give Mulled Wine a try.  I had never had it before and looked at a number of recipes but didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so I took a little look through my spice drawer and pulled this recipe together.  For a little twist, I used Ruby Red Grapefruit instead of the oranges and lemon peel commonly used in traditional recipes.

A mug of mulled wine on a black background surrounded by cranberries, pine cones and evergreen decorations.

So what is mulled wine you ask?

Mulled wine is a warm cocktail that uses a red wine base that is slowly simmered with citrus and spices and served warm. Sort of like a holiday sangria but served warm. It is very easy to make and can be made stovetop of using a crockpot.

Mulled wine would go perfect with these sweet treats!

how to make this ruby red grapefruit mulled wine recipe

The most essential item is wine. Red wine. For me, many dinners and family gatherings begin with this essential item! Anyhoo…

To begin, grab a bottle of red wine preferably a red that is robust so that it can hold it’s own when paired with the citrus and spices. Too light of a red and the citrus flavours may overtake the red wine so look for a Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz for a bit of a peppery flavour.

Either in a large pasta pot or a crockpot pour in the whole bottle of red wine, two cups of water and a 1/2 cup of Cointreau or Triple Sec.

Peak into a glass of mulled wine decorated with a slice of grapefruit set on a holiday table.

Slice half a ruby red grapefruit into thinly sliced rounds and add to the pot. Then add a half cup of brown sugar, 1 whole stick of cinnamon, 1/2 a tsp of fresh ground nutmeg and 3 loose cardamon pods that you have crushed slightly with the flat edge of a knife. This allows the flavour of the seeds to come out.

Simmer for on medium for about 1/2 an hour or if using a crockpot let simmer on low for 1 hour. Remove the cinnamon stick and use a spoon to remove cardamon seeds. Serve warm in glass cups with a slice of grapefruit for decoration. Be sure the glasses you chose to serve the mulled wine recipe in can handle hot liquids.

Overhead shot of two glasses of mulled wine shot on a holiday table decorated with ruby red grapefruit slices.

Can you use white wine to make mulled wine?

Sure can but again the type of wine you choose is important. Look for a wine that is low in acid because when heated high acid wines can taste astringent … not what you are going for! A Chardonnay, Viognier or a Dry Reisling will work perfectly.

How long will mulled wine last?

If you aren’t planning fo finish this entire mulled wine recipe in an evening simply let it cool completely and store in a sealed glass jug for up to 3 days. Reheat stovetop or in the microwave.

Mulled wine is the perfect drink for the holiday season or for any night you just want to put on some fuzzy socks and binge watch Netflix.

If you have tried this recipe and enjoyed it would be great if you could leave a comment and give it a 5-star rating!

A glass of mulled wine decoraged with christmas greenery and grapefruits

Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine

Alisa Infanti | The Delicious Spoon
Fill your home with the scents of the season with this Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine. Served warm, it is the perfect cozy holiday cocktail.

4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American, Canadian, Christmas, Holiday
Servings 6 servings
Calories 192 kcal


  • large pot
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Heat resistant drinking glasses or mugs


  • 1 750 ml bottle of red wine like Cabernet Sauvingnon or Shiraz
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ a ruby red grapefruit
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cardamom pods lightly crushed
  • ½ tsp of freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup Cointreau or other orange flavoured liqueur


  • In a large saucepan add wine, water, Cointreau, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, grapefruit and nutmeg
  • Heat on medium-high heat just until it reaches a simmer- watch carefully. Do not bring to a boil
  • Turn down to lowest temperature and lightly simmer for 1/2 hour
  • Strain liquid into a large measuring cup to remove seeds
  • Serve warm or room temperature in heat resistant glasses or mugs
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and grapefruit wedges


Serving: 1cupCalories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 15.4gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 0gSugar: 12.8gCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg


Store any leftover mulled wine in an airtight glass container or bottle for up to 3 days and reheat stove top or in the microwave.
Please Note:

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    I did not know about this trend of serving red wine warm until I read your blog about it. I am inviting a few friends next week so we will be sure to try red wine after warming it.

    1. That is great! If you get a chance please share a picture. I would love to see it!

  2. 5 stars
    I love mulled wine, and never had it with grapefruit before so I had to try it… it is fantastic! The flavors go together so well, and it is such a cozy and fun winter cocktail. Thanks for the recipe… will be making it again!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Candice. I actually prefer red grapefruit most often especially in the winter because it is so pretty!

  3. 5 stars
    That color and flavor of the drink! So perfect for the holidays. Love the citrus flavor and the ruby red grapefruit is the perfect choice for this drink!

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