I usually do two bottles of Charles Shaw Cabernet from TJ's + sugar and spices and finish with brandy to taste. To make it even easier, you can use tea bags of pre-mixed spices.
Davidson's Tea Organic Mulling Spice, 100-Count Tea Bags claim to have "Cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and 'natural flavor'" so not a perfect replacement, but works in a pinch, and once you know what to look for, you may be able to find a better "tea bag" option.
Makes 1.5 qts Serves 8*
Toast cinnamon sticks, cloves, peppercorns + allspice in med heavy-bottomed nonreactive saucepan over med-high heat until fragrant ~2min.
Add wine, zest & 1/2 cup sugar, cover partially & simmer on low 1hr until wine is infused.
Do not boil.
Strain wine through fine mesh strainer & return to pan.
Stir 2 Tbs sugar (if you think it needs it) + 2Tbs brandy (maybe total of 4Tbs brandy after tasting).
Ladle wine into small mugs; serve immediately.*
*I generally pour the mulled wine into an