- 1 bottle red wine (750 ml)
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/4 cup honey or sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-6 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla bean (optional)
- Orange peel twists (for garnish, optional)
- Prepare the Ingredients:
- Slice the orange and set aside.
- If using a vanilla bean, split it lengthwise to expose the seeds.
- Combine Ingredients:
- In a large saucepan, pour the red wine.
- Add the sliced orange, honey or sugar, cinnamon stick, whole cloves, star anise, and the split vanilla bean if using.
- Heat the Mulled Wine:
- Heat the mixture over low to medium heat. Avoid boiling to retain the alcohol content.
- Let the wine simmer for 20-30 minutes to infuse the flavors. Stir occasionally.
- Strain and Serve:
- Once the flavors have melded, remove the spices and orange slices by straining the mulled wine into a serving bowl or individual mugs.
- Garnish and Enjoy:
- Garnish with fresh orange peel twists if desired.
- Serve the mulled wine warm and enjoy the festive aroma and rich flavors.
- Preparation: 5 minutes
- Simmering: 20-30 minutes
Serving Size: This recipe serves approximately 4-6 people.