Mulled wine is the perfect beverage to drink while riding out a long winter, but many recipes call for a laundry list of ingredients that you likely don’t stock at home. This is all well and good during a tepid, sunny winter afternoon, but poses quite a problem when you want Mulled Wine in more dire weather. Then Mulled Wine becomes a Catch-22, requiring you to bundle up for a grocery run through the bitter cold just to make a drink that will help you warm up.
But you probably have all the ingredients for a simpler recipe. Delicately warmed red wine only needs a few spices and a bit of time on the stove to transform into the perfect winter cure-all—a cozy, low-ABV sipper that will immediately thaw any seasonal blues. Our easy recipe calls for cinnamon sticks, cloves, anise pods and a bit of citrus, but you should feel free to supplement it with any other preferred whole spices you have on hand (powders don’t blend well and make the Mulled Wine gritty). So if you lack any of the below ingredients (besides the wine and some sort of sweetener), definitely don’t go out in the cold to retrieve it. Dry yet sweet, and agreeably tannic, this big batched Mulled Wine will keep you (and a snowbound companion) in good spirits through even the worst weather.