"For unexpected guests, throw together the classic Last-Minute Mulled Wine with ingredients you probably have in the pantry. Also a perfect gameday drink for your tailgate guests! Got a bottle of red wine lying around? Spike it with warm pantry spices like cinnamon and star anise, then amp up the flavor even further with a splash of bourbon or brandy. That’s how you capture the holidays in a mug."
- 1⁄2 bottle Fruity red wine (such as Beaujolais or syrah)
- 2 oz Bourbon or brandy
- 2 Star anise pods
- 1 Long strip of lemon or orange peel
- 1 tsp. Sugar
- Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan.
Cook over low heat until warm (do not boil), remove from the heat and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
Serve in mugs or punch cups, garnished with cinnamon sticks.