How to make mulled wine (Christmas drink)

When visiting Christmas markets in Europe a couple of years ago, people there always have mulled wine in hand. The steaming mulled wine, the Santa Claus decoration :santa:, the slightly drunk atmosphere, and the joy of the Christmas season are full of the market! I am trying to find that flavor and decide to make my own at home. :thinking:

The ingredients we need to prepare,

  • wine: I prefer Beaujolais Nouveau to do with this, you can pick the one you like
  • brandy: following the traditional choice
  • oranges: without peels
  • cinnamon, whole cloves, star anise, cardamom pods
  • honey/sugar

And we can simply mix all of the above,

  • stir them till the honey is melted evenly
  • heat the wine to a simmer, but please under 172ยฐF (otherwise, the alcohol will vaporize. We use an infrared thermometer or an instant-read thermometer to help us check )
  • let it simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours
    And thatโ€™s it. :laughing: