Spiced with cinnamon, star anise, cloves, this mulled wine will make you warm, tingly, and be sure to get you in the holiday mood.
1 bottle of red wine like Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Zinfandel
2 cups apple cider
2 Oranges (orange peels, white pith removed & juice both oranges)
2 cinnamon sticks
3 Star anise
2-4 tablespoons of brown sugar or maple syrup (add more if you want it sweeter)
¼ cup Grand Marnier (optional)
1. Place all ingredients, except grand Marnier, in a large pot. Bring to a bare simmer over medium-low heat; cook gently for 15-20 minutes.
2. Add Grand Marnier. Divide among glasses; garnish each with a cinnamon stick & orange slices
3. Mulled wine keeps for about 3-4 days in the fridge
NOTE: For a mocktail, switch out the red wine and use a gallon of apple cider.