One bottle of Merlot or Shiraz, I sometimes use the Sula Satori if push comes to shove
250 ml of brandy. If you don’t have brandy you can use dark or white rum
200 gms of brown sugar – depends on how sweet the wine you’re using is
A handful of cloves and cinnamon sticks, star anise and 2 bay leaves
500 mls of orange juice – I use it to dilute the alcohol slightly
Peeled and chopped oranges – 2
And this is how you do it:
Take a pan. Heat it. Turn the flame to low.
Pour in the wine. Then the brandy. Stir in the sugar till it dissolves into the wine.
Add the spices and leaves. Keep simmering.
Add the orange juice to taste. See how strong you want the mulled wine and add as much as you want.
Then add the oranges, cover the pan and let the liquid simmer for at least five minutes more. At no point should you turn the flame up, because the alcohol will evaporate and you’ll be left with just red spiced grape and orange juice.
And that's it. Make sure to serve the mulled wine warm, if not hot.