Favorite Mulled Wine

  • 1 bottle zinfandel
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 orange, zest and fruit
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 8 whole allspice
  • 8 pieces mace
  • 8 whole star anise

Place water, honey, fruit and zest, and spices in a pot and simmer gently for about 5 minutes to blend flavors. Reduce heat to lowest possible and add wine. Heat for about 30 minutes without boiling. This is the most important part of the process. If the wine boils it will kill the flavors and the alcohol will burn off. Watch it closely and remove from heat occasionally if necessary. Strain out the spices and then add the fruit at the end. Serve in mugs or glasses with some fruit floating on top and a garnish of cinnamon stick.

  • Yields: 4 to 8 servings depending on your pour
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