1/2 medium orange
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp mulling spices
1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine
Rum or amaretto

  1. Zest orange peel. 
  2. Combine the water and sugar in a large saucepan and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat and add mulling spices, orange zest, and orange juice. Simmer until a fragrant syrup forms, about 1 minute.
  3. Reduce the heat further and add wine. Let simmer on low, 20 minutes up to a few hours.
  4. Strain and serve in small mugs, adding a shot of rum or amaretto.

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