Come Christmastime, a cup of Mulled Wine is a regular offering at just about every Holiday soirée, but the fact is, you can enjoy it right through winter! This recipe makes 10 to 12 servings. If you’re hosting a party with more guests, multiply as needed. If you are simply entertaining yourself at home on a chilly weekend, make a 1/2 portion of the recipe, grab a book and a blanket and snuggle up by the fire! You can certainly chill any left overs without the garnish for up to 1 day and reheat when ready to use. Cheers!
2 x 750 ml bottles of fruity, full-bodied red wine – e.g. Merlot, Zinfandel
3 oranges, sliced
1” fresh ginger, sliced
2 x 3” stick of cinnamon
2 star anise
½ cup brandy
2/3 cups honey
- Cut 1 orange and reserve for garnish. Squeeze the juice of the other 2 oranges into a large saucepan.
- Add the wine, ginger, cloves, cinnamon , star anise, honey and brandy. Bring to a light simmer for about 30 minutes. Do not boil.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for about 10 minutes. Strain into a large jug or if preferred simply strain out the spices.
- Serve warm and garnish with orange slices as desired. Cheers!
Makes about 10 – 12 servings