Mmmm, Mulled wine tonight? It is a beverage usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and fruit. It can be served piping hot or warm. #hotbeverage #fallevenine #venueandmenu
1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup brandy (optional)
1/4 cup honey or sugar
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
Citrus slices, mixture of orange/lemon/lime
Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat being careful not to boil. Add the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in cheesecloth and secure with kitchen string. Add spice bundle to wine. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes, but no more than 3 hours. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.
*You can also place the mulled wine in a slow cooker to keep warm. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.