Sooooooooooo this drink could possibly knock you on your ass. I warned you. It’s basically just spiced wine with a splash of Brandy and nothing else. So be careful or you might drink an entire bottle yourself. Not that I have never done that before. Nope. Never.
Sometimes I wish it was appropriate to share my crazy youth stories. However, if that happened you would probably run away screaming and not want to read my blog again. I can’t be the only one who was wild and crazy and drank cheap beer around a bonfire in the middle of the corn field…right? Hey, I grew up in Ohio. Give a girl a break. Cheap beer, fire and a corn field was about as good as it got. Am I right?
Yield: 8 - 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes to warm through
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
2 (750ml) bottles red wine
1/2 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
8-10 whole cloves
1 lemon (thinly sliced)
1 orange (thinly sliced)
1 mandarin (thinly sliced)
Optional: Brandy (a splash at serving)
Source: The Traveler's Lunchbox
In a large pot add all ingredients but optional Brandy. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
Shut off burner, cover pot and let sit for at least 30 minutes. After it has sat, take out whole spices and warm through drink on low heat. Serve in a mug with an optional splash of Brandy and fresh orange slices.