It is cheap, easy to make and a quick way to warm up your guests when they arrive in from the cold. So this Winter, spoil yourself or friends with this yummy drink that tastes of holidays and foreign places. Enjoy!
1 Bottle of Red Wine (I used Woolworth's Juice Red)
2 Cinnamon Sticks
6 Star Anise
4 Cardomom Pods (slightly crushed)
3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (or substiture with 2 Tablespoons of Xylitol)
The secret is to never let the wine boil. Pour the bottle of wine into a pot. Warm up gently. Add the juice of half the orange, and slice the other half into 4 slices. Add them into the wine, along with all the spices. Gently simmer for 15 minutes.
Keep warm until your guests arrive.
Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange from the pot before serving.
Because I prefer the wine to be very spicy, I usually make mine an hour to two hours ahead of the time so that the spices can really steep well. Warm up again just before guests arrive.
I served mine in these lovely Geometric Tumblers available from Mr_Price_Home.
Thank you to the lovely Marethe.com for the images.