Spiced honey and orange mulled wine


5 -10 whole cloves
3 whole cinnamon sticks, + extra to serve
¼ cup honey
½ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
2 star anise
2 cups water
flat slivers orange rind
fresh orange juice squeeze
dash vanilla essence (optional)
1 bottle fruity red wine


In a saucepan add all the ingredients except the wine and orange juice. Bring it all to a gentle simmer and simmer for 5-8 minutes gently, to infuse flavours.

Turn it off and add the wine and orange juice. Swirl it all together to warm through.

Strain into glasses or mugs and serve with fresh sliced orange, a fresh cinnamon stick and star anise or a twist of orange peel.