Red wine is simmered low and slow with aromatic spices and a combination of orange and cranberry juices for a delicious, warming adult beverage. This is the perfect cocktail for warming up when the weather gets cooler.
Pour the wine, orange juice, and cranberry juice into a large, heavy bottom saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves. Cook over low heat until just warm--about 20 minutes. Do not bring to a boil, just simmer over low heat. Discard whole spices. Serve with orange slices for garnish.
Slow Cooker Directions
Pour the wine, orange juice, and cranberry juice into the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon stick, star anise, and cloves. Cover and cook on low heat until just warm--about 1 hour. Discard spices. Serve or keep on warm, for people to help themselves at a gathering. Serve with orange slices for garnish.
Select a dry, inexpensive red wine. This is not the time to use an expensive bottle of wine. I like to use a Cabernet, Merlot, or red blend.
You can place the whole spices in piece of cheesecloth and tie off with butcher twine. This makes it easy to discard the whole spices after the mulling is complete.
Be sure to use 100% Cranberry Juice and 100% Orange Juice, so that the cranberry orange flavor is optimum.
Refrigerate leftover mulled wine for up to 3 days and warm again before serving.
Instant Pot Mulled Wine: I have also had success mulling this wine in the pressure cooker. Simply add all ingredients to the inner pot and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Let pressure release naturally.