The words "mulled wine" most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That's all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you'll need to enlist your microwave.
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Click the link below for Real Simple's full recipe, but you can apply this cooking method to pretty much any mulled wine. Just combine a bottle of (cheap-ish) wine with half a cup of honey, citrus zest, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, and anise in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it all on high until it's hot but not boiling (about three minutes), then cover and let steep for 15 minutes or so. Stir in half a cup of brandy, and ladle into individual mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks and orange wedges (reheat individual servings for 30 seconds or so if needed).
Microwave Mulled Wine [Real Simple]