Spiced Mulled Wine

  • 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons grand mariner
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Honey (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large pot over medium heat. Once it starts to steam, reduce to a simmer (do not let boil) and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Remove oranges, cloves, anise and cinnamon sticks. For a sweeter mulled wine, add a little honey. Ladle into glasses or mugs and garnish with fresh orange slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise.