Clarence’s Mulled Wine

Our version of Clarence’s Mulled Wine is just as the guardian angel in It’s a Wonderful Life ordered, “heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves.” You may not earn your wings, but you definitely feel a little lighter while sipping on this mulled wine.

Consider making our Salty Snack Mix Recipe so that you have something crisp to nibble during your wintery cocktail hour. Consider re-watching It’s a Wonderful Life this year. Its story of human decency and the healthy interconnection of friends and neighbors inspires us to be generous in the way we live our lives.

Clarence’s Mulled Wine Recipe, Inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life


1 bottle Syrah
1/3 c Rémy Martin Cognac
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 orange sliced (more for garnish)
8 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)
4 star anise (more for garnish)
4 whole cloves


1.  In a medium sized pot, add all ingredients and stir together.
2.  Place the pot over medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Do not boil.
3.  Ladle into mugs.
4.  Garnish with an orange slice, cinnamon stick, and star anise pod. Sip your mug of Clarence’s Mulled Wine slowly, perhaps wondering whether you’ve done as much as George Bailey for this world of ours! 

Recipe and Styling and Story by Star Laliberte / Photography by Laura Petrilla

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