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Mulled Wine

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 bottle red wine I recommend a Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ¼ cup brandy optional
  • 1 orange juiced and zested
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey depending on the sweetness of your wine

For garnish: (optional)

  • Orange zest
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Star anise


  • Pour your red wine into a medium saucepan.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the wine. I like to wrap the cloves in cheesecloth, so that I can easily remove them when the wine is ready. If you don’t have cheesecloth, relax. You can always strain your mulled wine before serving.
  • Bring the wine to a simmer and allow is to simmer gently for 30 minutes. If you have longer, by all means keep it simmering away!
  • Ladle your warm mulled wine into glasses (straining if necessary) and garnish each with a little orange zest, a cinnamon stick and a star anise if you’re feeling fancy. Drink and be merry!