Here's a classic for these festive days. The aroma of cinnamon, anise, cloves simmered in wine with a citrus zest makes this a drink you will enjoy especially during the Christmas season.
The procedure is simple and straightforward.
Open a bottle of good wine, I used cabernet sauvignon, and pour it in a high edged saucepan, add the juice of an orange, the zest of a lemon and orange, a few whole cloves, a whole cinnamon stick, 3 star anise, 5 tablespoons of brown sugar and cook on the stove for about 30 minutes.
The wine will reduce, the spices will flavor, the aroma will intensify.
At this point, grab a good book, sit in a big cozy chair next to a fireplace and sip, sip, sip and sip...
XXOO A presto!