Makes 6 drinks
- 1 (750 ml) bottle juicy light red wine, such as Beaujolais
- 4 ounces brandy
- 2 cups fresh apple cider
- 2 star anise pods
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks; plus 6 more for serving (optional)
Bring wine, brandy, apple cider, star anise, cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavors are infused, about 15 minutes.
Divide among glasses or mugs, garnish with 6 cinnamon sticks (if using) and serve.
Do Ahead: Mulled wine can be made 2 hours ahead; cover and store at room temperature, or chill up to 3 days. Rewarm over medium-low heat before serving.