If you're feeling the holiday spirit or just deep into a Game of Thrones binge, you may get the hankering for a citrusy, spiced cup of warm Mulled Wine.

Mulled Wine is nothing new. In fact, it has been around for centuries and there are many different ways to make it. Some people add brandy, some people add apple cider. Most everyone adds some sort of citrus and spices. This version is a quick and budget-friendly version—no zesting, no buying of brandy, no juicing. Just good old-fashioned spiced hot wine.


Mulled Wine Recipe


-1 bottle red wine-2 oranges-1 lemon-2 cinnamon sticks (more for garnish)-3 star anise-4 cloves-pinch of nutmeg-3 tablespoons sugar


Slice oranges and lemons into wheels. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let all the ingredients steep for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. Makes 4 servings.

Look for a wine that's fruity. The beauty of mulled wine is that the spices and citrus mask any undesirable flavors. Don't waste your money on a bottle of expensive wine—the cheap stuff works just fine. I used Cabernet, but a Syrah or Merlot would also work.

You can use this recipe as a base and adapt it to your liking. Don't like the licorice flavor from star anise? No problem, leave it out or pick something else. Using honey or brown sugar instead of regular sugar will impart a caramel sweetness. The possibilities are endless.