How to make mulled wine

Mulled wine is a delicious holiday tradition. Just the smell of it reminds me of holiday parties and curling up by the fire. It’s a great way to make a bottle go a bit further, or use a bottle that isn’t quite up to your dinner table standards. That said, don’t use too cheap of a bottle as bad wine will not make good mulled wine. Here are some tips on which wine to choose:

-Don’t spend too much, but don’t spend too little!
-Don’t choose a wine with too much oak – Merlot, Zinfandel, Rhone blends and some Syrah are good choices.

What you’ll need:
7 whole cloves
5 whole peppercorns
zest of one small orange
4 cinnamon sticks
1 750mL bottle of red wine
1/4 cup of brandy 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Put the first 4 ingredients into a mesh bag or tie it into a cheesecloth.

In a non-reactive pot, add remainder of ingredients, including the bag of seasonings. Bring to almost a boil, then let simmer at just under a boil for about 10 minutes. You should taste and adjust sugar or water to your desired tastes. Serve into mugs and drink warm. Serve with cinnamon sticks!