Ingredients

75 cl bottle inexpensive red wine
600 ml (1 pint) cranberry juice
100 ml (3½ fl oz) brandy, rum, vodka or orange liqueur
100 g (3½ oz) caster sugar
1 orange, cut into segments
8 cloves
1-2 cinnamon sticks (depending on size)
1 orange, cut into segments
2-3 bay leaves
few cranberries

Instructions

1.Preheat the slow cooker if necessary. Pour the red wine, cranberry juice and brandy or other alcohol into the slow cooker pot. Stir in the sugar.
2.Stud each orange segment with a clove. Break the cinnamon sticks into large pieces and add to the pot with the orange pieces. Cover with the lid and cook on high for 1 hour.
3.Reduce the heat and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Replace the orange segments with new ones and add the bay leaves and cranberries.
4.Ladle into heatproof glasses, keeping back the fruits and herbs, if liked.
5.FOR MULLED ORANGE & RED WINE, prepare the wine as above, but omit the cranberry juice and instead add 300 ml (2 pint) orange juice from a carton and 300 ml (2 pint) water.
6.Serve the mulled wine decorated with extra herbs and fruit.

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