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Mulled Wine

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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12 whole cloves

10 peppercorns, cracked 

4 cinnamon sticks 

2 star anise buds 

2 bottles dry, fruity red wine, such as Shiraz or Malbec 

1/2 cup honey 

2 lemons, zest removed with a peeler and juiced 

2 oranges, zest removed with a peeler and juiced 

1/2 cup brandy 


  1. Begin by placing the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon and star anise into a large piece of cheesecloth. Make a pouch and tie it with kitchen twine.
  2. In a large nonreactive pot over medium heat, add the wine, honey, lemon zest and juice, orange zest and juice and the cheesecloth of spices and bring to a simmer (be sure not to bring to a boil). Simmer for 30 minutes, and then add the brandy.
  3. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecloth of spices and ladle into warm mugs.
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