This simple mulled wine recipe makes a delicious warm cocktail. It's perfect for a holiday party or those cold winter evenings.

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and sugar. Bring this mixture to a simmer.

Keep it simmering over medium heat for around 8-10 minutes to let the flavors infuse in the water.

Keep on low heat for 2 hours, and then add in the ¼ cup brandy at the end of the cooking time.

When serving, strain the hot red wine through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the spices and citrus.

Serve it in glass mugs or thick-walled glasses.

Orange slices around the edges of the glasses add pretty colorful garnishes.

To store the mulled wine, let it cool completely. Pour it into an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 3 days