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!