Turn up the warmth on your winter wine…
Spiced mulled wine is the perfect feel-good treat during a cold winter’s day. Spices like cinnamon and cloves provide a homey warmth to the wine, but you could add some real spiciness too. A small amount of cayenne pepper powder added during the simmering process can ramp up that homey spice. It’s still a friendly level of heat, especially if you keep it to a simple half a teaspoon. But obviously you can take things further than that if you’re a spicy food fan. This is one mulled wine that’ll warm you right up in no time flat.
Spicy Mulled Wine
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the red wine, agave nectar, apple cider, orange liqueur, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cayenne pepper.
Stir occasionally, and once the mix reaches a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low. Allow the mulled wine to simmer for 30 minutes over medium-low.
Remove the mulled wine from the heat and strain the wine to remove the oranges, cloves, and cinnamons sticks.
Serve the mulled wine. Garnish with star anise, orange slices and cinnamon sticks.