One bottle (750ml) of inexpensive, medium to full-bodied red wine; we like "Les Hérétiques" a country red from the south of France, you can also use any basic red from Spain, Portugal, Chile, or Argentina.
- 1/4 cup of turbinado or light brown sugar (or white sugar is fine)
- Peels from a fresh orange, additional orange slices for serving
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 2 star anise (optional if you don't have it)
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium to low heat, stir to dissolve the sugar and keep the wine at a low simmer for 15 minutes to allow all the flavors to combine. Taste for sweetness, think warm sangria but not quite as sweet. When ready, strain into mugs or rocks glasses , serve warm and garnish with a slice or orange.
Alternatively, pour the mulled when into a preheated thermos and take it toenjoy at an outdoor event.
Warm spiced wine (mulled wine) is a traditional prepared beverage favored in many countries during the colder months and at holiday time. It's known by several other names such as Glühwein, Glögg, Vin Chaude, Vin Brulé, and Vinho Quento among others.