I don't think you could have a Christmas party without mulled wine, I like to serve mine with either amaretto or brandy!
2 lemons, zest, and juice
4 oranges, (2 zested and juiced, 2 Sliced)
2 bottles of red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole cloves
2 star anise
1 bay leaf
50g soft brown sugar
Amaretto or brandy to serve
1. Peel the zest off the lemons and 2 oranges, you do not want any of the white pith still attached to the zest as it can make the wine bitter.
2. Add the wine to a large saucepan, add the lemon and orange zest, and the juice of the lemons and two of the oranges. Add the cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaf, and sliced oranges.
3. Heat the saucepan over a medium-low heat, once warmed through, stir through the sugar until fully dissolved. 4. Serve warm with either amaretto or brandy.