As the nights are drawing in and there is most definitely a nip in the air in the evenings, the winter and dare I say it, Christmas spirit is starting to fill the air.  We used this recipe from our friend Sally for non alcoholic mulled wine and decided to give it a try and it is perfect for kids too!


  • 2 litres non-alcoholic grape juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8-12 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half just before using
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice (you can throw the orange in after too!)
  • 1/2 cup of lime juice


Add everything to a pan and simmer for 20-30 minutes until mixture is on a gentle boil and the kitchen smells like Christmas! Once the aromatics of the pan can be smelt throughout your home then you know it is ready. Strain the mixture and allow to cool enough to be able to drink. Serve warm.