Citrus and Anise Mulled Wine Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

This mulled wine is heavy on citrus and anise flavors thanks to a generous squeeze of orange and a complex blend of spices. A cheap Cabernet Sauvignon is all you need—the nuance of more expensive wines will get lost in the mulling.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 3 to 4 servings
Makes: 3 cups

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  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed

  • 6 allspice berries

  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • 2 blades mace

  • 1 4-inch stick cinnamon

  • 1 star anise petal

  • 1 750ml bottle cheap cabernet sauvignon

  • 1 orange

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon brandy (suggested: plum or apricot brandy)


  1. Toast spices in a skillet on high heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer to a spice infuser bag (except cinnamon stick).

  2. In a small saucepan, bring wine to a bare simmer, then transfer to a slow cooker set on low heat. Add spices, juice of orange, and orange hull. Cover and steep on low heat.

  3. After 2 hours, taste wine and add maple syrup and brandy. Cover and steep for another 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

Special equipment

electric slow cooker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 87mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)