Vin Chaud au Cognac

Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Perfect for a party (or a very thirsty twosome), this crowd-sized recipe for mulled wine comes from Youmna Asseily, winemaker of Chateau Biac in Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux. Made with a generous slug of Cognac, two full bottles of fruity red wine and plenty of spices (including fresh ginger), it’s easy to make and downright delicious. Proof that if you want a wine-tail done right, you have to leave it to a Frenchman.

Vin Chaud au Cognac



  • 2 750-ml bottles red wine
  • .5 Cup Cognac
  • 250 g brown sugar
  • lemon zest
  • orange zest
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 inch spices
  • 3 pinches nutmeg
  • 1 orange


Step one

Mix all ingredients save for the orange slices in a pot.

Step two

Cook on low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 6 minutes.

Step three

Strain and serve hot in heatproof glasses or mugs.

Step four

Garnish with a slice of orange.

Contributed by Youmna Asseily