What better way to infuse warmth and festive cheer into your home than with a simple yet delightful recipe for homemade mulled wine?
Robust red wine, sugar, orange, zest and juice, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise Optional: a dash of brandy for extra warmth
Pour the red wine into a large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the sugar, adjusting the quantity based on your preferred sweetness. Squeeze the juice from the orange and add it to the pan.
Insert the cloves into the orange peel and place it in the saucepan.
Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add them to the mix. Toss in the star anise.
Gently heat the mixture, but avoid boiling to preserve the wine's alcohol content. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
Let the spices meld with the wine. Allow the mulled wine to simmer for at least 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.