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How to make “kuhano vino” – Croatian Advent favourite

Winter is not the same without knocking a few glasses of kuhano vino, or mulled wine, back during the festive period.

One thing you will find at most Advent stands across Croatia at the moment is a variety of kuhano vino to go with the sausages, fritule and other delights.

Although kuhano vino is usually traditionally made with red wine, white wine options are available too.

Here is a simple but tasty recipe using red wine to whip up at home to get into the Christmas mood.


Red wine – 750 ml
Orange juice (freshly squeezed) – 100 ml
Sugar – 150 g
Star anise – 1
Nutmeg – 1 teaspoon
Cloves – 5
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Lemon – 1 (peel)
Orange – 1 (peel)


In a pot put in sugar, star anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, juice and orange and lemon peel (can put in slices if you like).

Pour just enough of the wine to cover the ingredients and cook on medium temperature for 5-6 minutes until mixture thickens.

Now add the rest of the wine and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove all the ingredients and pour them into a cup.

Serve with orange peel or slice inside (optional)

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