Mulled wine is a festive addition to any holiday cocktail party.  Plus, the mulled wine fills your house with a wonderful aroma as it simmers on the stoevetop.

How to Make It

Stir 1/2 cup sugar and 2 (750 ml) bottles dry red wine over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, 8 cloves, 2 star anise (optional) and 2 strips orange zest. Bring to a simmer (do not boil); reduce heat. Barely simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into heatproof glasses. (Strained wine can be refrigerated, tightly covered, up to 3 days.) Serves

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