Even though mulled wine is usually associated with Christmas, there is no reason you can’t start the holiday season early, right? As the weather cools down, a glass of mulled wine will do wonders for warming your insides on a frosty day. Mulled wine is also great to make in bulk (just adjust the measurements according to the number of bottles of wine you’re using), and is great to serve at parties.
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1 bottle (750ml, 25 fl.oz) red wine (prefer chianti)
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
Peel of one lemon
Peel of one orange
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp fresh nutmeg
pinch of ginger
- Place all ingredients, except wine, into a medium-large saucepan on medium heat. Add a small amount of the wine, just enough to cover and dissolve the sugar. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes until it becomes thick and sticky.
- Add the rest of the wine and turn down to low heat. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring ingredients through wine, and serve hot with slices with fresh orange.