Before I get into how dangerously amazing this mulled wine is I first need to discuss what I call, “The Grocery Store Conspiracy.” I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but every time I set out to our local grocery store to get items for dinner or blog posts, I find they’re always missing that one KEY ingredient that makes the recipe complete! Anyone remember the Mummy Manicotti recipe from last October? I had to go to THREE grocery stores before I found one that stocked manicotti pasta!
Well I experienced that yet again when searching for star anise, which is a key component in almost any mulled wine recipe. Instead of scouring all of Portland for this magical Chinese spice, I decided to do what I do best.. IMPROVISE! See the original recipe and the substitute I used for flavor in case you run into the same problem. No matter which option you choose, you’ll end up with a sweet, citrusy, and aromatic fall cocktail to warm you up on cold days!