FOOD FRIDAYS: Tart Cherry Mulled “Wine” ⁠

The holiday season is here! And with that, comes all the social gatherings, delicious food and holiday drinks! If you’re looking to cut back on the alcohol this year, try out a festive mocktail like this Tart Cherry Mulled “Wine”!⁠

Offering a festive drink that everyone can enjoy is sure to get every guest in the holiday spirit. Mulled wine is a classic cocktail that traditionally combines red wine and warming spices to create a cozy cocktail. In this non-alcoholic version, wine is replaced with tart cherry juice, which is not only delicious but also happens to be a rich source of antioxidants! Simmering the warm spices and cherry juice makes it a great hands-off recipe, and as a bonus, it will make the house smell amazing!

Although this recipe is non-alcoholic…if you want a boozy twist try adding a splash of whiskey or spiced rum.

With minimal ingredients, this recipe is quick and easy, making it a fantastic option for your next dinner party. ⁠


  • 1-quart tart cherry juice (we used RW Knudsen brand // NOT tart cherry concentrate)
  • 2 tbsp orange peel (from ~1/2 orange // orange part only — the white pith will add bitterness)
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from ~1 orange)
  • 3 oz whiskey or spiced rum (optional // 1 oz per serving)

For serving (optional):

  • Orange rounds
  • Extra cinnamon sticks or whole spices


  1. To a large saucepan, add tart cherry juice, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and orange juice.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce to medium-low and cook for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. Remove from the heat, strain through a fine mesh strainer, and stir in whiskey or spiced rum (if using). Serve warm.
  3. Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat in a saucepan or the microwave until warm. Not freezer friendly.

Recipe from Minimalist Baker.