Honey Mulled Wine

Make sure you use a wine that you like to drink! If it isn't good cold, it's not going to be any better hot.

  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one quart serves 5 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 (750ml) bottle of zinfandel, pinot noir, or other full-bodied robust red wine that you enjoy drinking
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 15 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick, plus extra (optional) for serving
  • 1 star anise (or a couple cardamom pods or allspice berries)
  • Thin peels of lemon zest for garnish

Method

1 Combine the ingredients: Combine the wine, water, honey, peppercorns, cinnamon stick, and any other spices you are using in a 2-quart saucepan.

If you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste.

2 Warm over medium-low heat until steamy and lightly simmering.

3 Serve: Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.