I got this recipe mainly from Cooking Light magazine, though at least one of their ingredients was too dang hard to find so I nixed it. This is simple and yummy and a total crowd pleaser! Great on a chilly winter day, if 70 degrees counts for chilly, that is…
2 bottles of red wine – any red will do but I prefer a Zin
10 cardamom pods
10 whole cloves
10 whole star anise
10 black peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
1 navel orange – sliced
1 bottle of blood orange Italian soda
In a large pot, pour the wine then add the anise, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks and orange slices. You really don’t have to be overly precise in counting out the ingredients – a few extra won’t hurt anything. Cover and let simmer for at least an hour. Longer is fine if your guests arrive late or something.
Just before serving, add the Italian soda and strain! Done! Now get drunk!