Brazilian Food

Vinho Quente – Mulled Wine

My second recipe for São João is this delicious mulled wine.

I have memories of seeing the adults around the fogueira (bonfire) drinking ‘vinho quente’. Sometimes it would be quentão instead – a mulled wine made with cachaça instead of wine.

When I started drinking I tried vinho quente, but I didn’t like it because I only started to enjoy wine when I got to Australia. I still ask myself how I spent so long without it – it’s definitely the best drink in wintertime.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 375ml water
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 1 apple, cubes
  • 1 plum, cubes
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cardamom
  • 2 star anis


  1. Start by half melting the sugar. Then add orange and lime peel, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, and star anis.
  2. When the sugar is all melted, add water, wine and the apple and plum. Let it cook for about 15-20 min.
  3. I like to cook it one day before I serve it because then the wine soaks up all the flavours.