Homemade mulled wine is incredibly easy to make on the stovetop (or simmer in the slow cooker), and you get to customise it with all your favourite spices and add-ins, and it is SO friendly and delicious.  Perfect for winter and when friends come over!  And ‘Blueberry’ Mulled Wine adds a novel & interesting twist.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine (try it with our blueberry wine)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favourite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  2. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*Depending on taste, leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.

**You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready to serve.