1 bottle red wine (750 ml) – Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon
2 cups apple cider
¼ cup honey or maple syrup
1 orange, zested & juiced (reserve juice)
5 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods
¼ cup brandy or orange liqueur
2 cinnamon sticks, more for garnish
1 whole star anise, more for garnish
1 whole orange, sliced to rounds (garnish)
In a large pot, combine wine, apple cider, honey/syrup, orange zest and reserved orange juice, stir to combine. Add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and star anise and boil over medium-high heat. Bring heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, do not allow to boil. Add brandy, stir to combine. Ladle into serving glasses and garnish with orange slices, whole star anise, and cinnamon sticks.
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