I love red wine and whenever I am on a road trip, I visit some of the amazing local wine producers that Australia has on offer. The beautiful thing about red wine is the magic that happens when you combine it with aromatic spices and a splash of brandy. This mulled wine makes for a decadent addition to a cold night, particularly when you’re camping in the crisp open air.

Preparation Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes; Makes approx. 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of red wine (I usually choose a more full-bodied, fruity red such as Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • ½ cup of brandy
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 red apple, sliced (I like to use Royal Gala or Pink Lady)
  • ¼ cup of dried currants (or sultanas or raisins)
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 star anise
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds

Method

  1. In a large saucepan or pot, add all ingredients, except for the sugar
  2. Place on a medium heat and bring to a simmer (making sure you do not bring the mixture to a boil)
  3. Simmer, uncovered, stirring the mixture occasionally. Add brown sugar to your tasting
  4. Serve warm.