There’s nothing better on cold winter nights that combining the flavors of warm wine and spices. This recipe will warm you from the inside out when the rest of the world is cold. So grab your favorite bottle of red wine and let your wine be transformed!
Now, it may seem a bit unusual to stock your pantry with star anise, one of the key ingredients in this recipe, but it’s well worth the purchase of those little stars. They add a depth to the spice that cannot be easily substituted. Grab some and you won’t regret it! They’ll store well in an airtight container, so you can use them again next year.
One important thing to remember is to make sure you peel and separate the orange slices before adding them to the saucepan. Orange peel and rind can add a bitter flavor to the wine.
PALEO MULLED WINE
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced or separated
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1–2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup brandy
- Combine all ingredients to a medium saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Just before it begins to bubble, decrease heat to low and cover. Let simmer for 15 minutes — 3 hours (the longer the better).
- Strain before serving.
- Serve in mugs and enjoy!
*If you’re serving a crowd and want to use more bottles of wine, simply increase the recipe proportionally.