I enjoy a good mulled wine in winter, but could do without the dull headache that often follows – which is why the non-alcoholic Pepperberry Shiraz by Altina is the perfect alternative to traditional wine.

Whether you’re embracing ‘Dry July’ or seeking the perfect ‘Christmas In July’ (non-alc) mulled wine recipe that combines the richness of dark berries and a hint of spice, you’ve come to the right place. 

Why Choose Altina’s Pepperberry Shiraz?

Pepperberry Shiraz by Altina is celebrated for its robust flavour profile, characterised by rich dark berries and a subtle hint of spice. Its unique taste adds depth and complexity to this mulled wine, ensuring a delightful experience for your palate.

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Ingredients for the Stove-Top Method

  • 1 bottle of Altina Pepperberry Shiraz
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of whole allspice (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional, adjust to taste)
  • Optional garnish: fresh strawberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks

Instructions (serves three)

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large pot, mix Altina’s Pepperberry Shiraz, sliced strawberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and optional spices.
  2. Simmer Gently: Place the pot over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Avoid boiling to prevent bitterness.
  3. Steep: Reduce heat to low and let the mixture steep for 20-30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Sweeten: Remove from heat and stir in honey or maple syrup to taste.
  5. Strain: Use a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to strain out the solids.
  6. Serve: Pour the warm mulled wine into mugs or heatproof glasses, garnished with fresh strawberries, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks.
Enjoy Dry July with Altina's Strawberry Mulled Wine

Microwave Method (serves one)

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large mug, add 250ml Pepperberry Shiraz, 1 orange slice, 1 cinnamon stick, and 2-3 sliced strawberries.
  2. Heat: Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 45 seconds.
  3. Sweeten: Optionally add 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup and stir.
  4. Steep and Strain: Let steep for 5 minutes, then strain into another mug if desired.

Variations and Tips

  • Experiment with Fruits and Spices: Use fresh or dried oranges and strawberries. Try adding blackberries, ginger, or star anise for a different twist.
  • Alternative Base: Altina’s Sansgria can be used for a fruitier flavour.

By why stop there? Altina’s zero-alcohol wines make the perfect base for delicious mocktails. Create a dedicated mocktail bar at your ‘Dry July’ or ‘Christmas in July’ event, where guests can mix their own drinks or enjoy pre-prepared concoctions. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Elderflower Sparkle: Mix Altina Le Blanc with a splash of soda water, a squeeze of lime, and a garnish of fresh mint.
  • Berry Bliss: Combine Altina La Vie En Rose with muddled berries, a dash of lemonade, and a sprig of rosemary.
  • Citrus Twist: Blend Altina Sansgria with freshly squeezed orange juice, a splash of tonic, and a slice of orange for garnish.

Take a look at the full Altina range here.