how to make mulled wine

Known as Glühwein in Germany and Gløgg in Scandinavia, mulled wine is a Christmastime classic that brings a little extra cheer to any holiday party. But you don’t have to stroll through a European Christmas market to enjoy a glass or two this winter. It’s easy to make this sweet, spiced wine from the comfort of your own home using just a few simple ingredients. As an added bonus, it will even make your whole house smell like Christmas as it simmers. Follow the steps below from The Kitchn to learn how to make mulled wine at home this year.

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cinnamon sticks; star anise

Gather Your Ingredients

To make 10 to 12 mugs of mulled wine, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of red wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise pods
  • Cranberries, orange peels and cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Stir, Simmer and Sip

Mix all the ingredients (except garnishes) in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and heat the mulled wine on low for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to warm and serve the mulled wine in mugs. Garnish as desired with cranberries, orange peels and cinnamon sticks, and enjoy!

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