THERE’S no need to ponder how much to spend on fab festive drinks this Christmas – we’ve done the hard work for you.

As the temperatures drop, you may be eyeing up a bottle of warming mulled wine to get you in the seasonal spirit.

Mulled wine is the perfect festive treat


Mulled wine is the perfect festive treatCredit: Shutterstock

And the good news is you don’t have to spend a fortune.

Here, Laura Stott rates a selection of ready-made mulled wines with marks out of five – so you’ll know where best to splash your cash.


The Best Mulled Wine

£4.50, 5/5


The Best Mulled Wine has Spanish red as its foundation


The Best Mulled Wine has Spanish red as its foundationCredit: Damien McFadden

MULLED wine is Christmas in a mug, made with a red wine base, spices and served hot with fruit slices.

This treat from Morrisons – recently given top billing by the Good Housekeeping awards – is a steal at the price.

With a ­Spanish red as its foundation, it’s rich and comforting, with plenty of spicy clove and nutmeg scents and aromas.

Just perfect for ­sipping around the tree.

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Gingerbread Mulled Wine

£3.99, Aldi 3/5

Gingerbread Mulled Wine is nice and sweet


Gingerbread Mulled Wine is nice and sweetCredit: Damien McFadden

SOMETHING a bit different from Aldi, this gingerbread mulled wine comes at a bargain price.

Once warmed, you get a slightly sweeter mix.

There’s plenty of the usual spices but with the addition of sweet, sparky ginger.

A bit one-note as the ginger dominates.

Try with some chunks of crystallised ginger to add fire and add a twist of lime for a swanky-looking Christmas cocktail.

Chocolate Mulled Wine

£6.50, 4/5

Chocolate Mulled Wine is 15%


Chocolate Mulled Wine is 15%Credit: Damien McFadden

IF you fancy something a bit different, Sainsbury’s has combined a trio of Christmas faves – chocolate, liqueur and mulled wine.

Not unlike a very boozy hot chocolate, it contains a heady mix of brandy, red wine and mocha flavours.

At 15 per cent abv, this is potent compared to other bottles.

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll love it – but those who don’t may find it a little sickly.

Mulled Wine

£3, 4/4

Asda's Mulled Wine is priced very low


Asda’s Mulled Wine is priced very lowCredit: Damien McFadden

THIS is a great wine for a rock-bottom price.

It smells incredible when warmed in a pan, with rich, heavy aromatics of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

It is smooth and mellow to drink, with a nice citrussy tang that slips down a treat.

At this price it’s well worth getting a few bottles in to see you through the festive period while saving you plenty of pennies.

A festive bargain.

Vineyards Mulled Wine

£3, 3/5

Vineyards Mulled Wine is a good penny saver


Vineyards Mulled Wine is a good penny saverCredit: Damien McFadden

A BUDGET, rather basic bottle from Tesco but you can’t argue with the price.

The label doesn’t give much information on the red plonk used but it tastes decent.

There’s a fair amount of spice, lots of fruity flavour and you get a nice waft of cinnamon as you warm it.

In a cup with lots of fruit, it goes down easily.

It’s no award-winner but it is a perfectly drinkable penny saver.

Harvest Fruits Wine

£3.75, Iceland 3/5

Mulled Wine from Iceland is spicy and fruity


Mulled Wine from Iceland is spicy and fruityCredit: Damien McFadden

RICH, fruity and spicy, this is a very decent drop from Iceland at a good price.

A very intense red wine base will appeal to those who love a drop of the good stuff, and there’s plenty of flavour from star anise and cloves.

A bit darker and smokier than some offerings, this is the cigar lounge of ready-made mulled wines but no less enjoyable for it.

Heat it up and enjoy by a roaring fire.

Red Mulled Wine

£6, M&S 4/5

Red Mulled Wine from M&S has great packaging


Red Mulled Wine from M&S has great packagingCredit: Damien McFadden

I LOVED the festive packaging.

While it’s a touch more expensive than some others, this is still a very affordable bottle at £6, and it would be ideal for taking to parties where you don’t want to turn up empty-handed.

Very aromatic when you heat it, and it filled the house with lovely seasonal scents.

Not too sweet nor too spicy, it’s very well-balanced and eminently gluggable.

Christkindl Mulled Wine

£5.99, Lidl 4/5

Lidl's offering is in the style of a traditional German gluhwein


Lidl’s offering is in the style of a traditional German gluhweinCredit: Damien McFadden

LIDL’S offering is in the style of a traditional German gluhwein, a Bavarian market favourite that blends red wine and traditional spices.

It smells incredible when you warm it on the stove.

Slightly pricier than some of the others, with a higher ABV too, but for the price this is top quality, complex, fruity and smooth.

Comes in a gorgeous bottle that would also make it a lovely gift.

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