- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 star anise pods
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
- 1-inch slice of fresh ginger
- One 750-ml bottle dry red wine, such as Grenache, Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup light rum
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 1/2 cups club soda
- 2 navel orangespeeled, halved, seeded and cut into large dice
- 1 limepeeled, halved, seeded and cut into large dice
- 1 Granny Smith applehalved, cored and cut into large dice
- 1 Bartlett pearhalved, cored and cut into large dice
- Ice cubes
- MAKE THE SANGRIA In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, star anise, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon sticks and ginger. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil until reduced by one third and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let the spice syrup cool, then strain into a glass jar.
- Pour the red wine into a 3-quart pitcher. Stir in the orange juice, rum, brandy, Cointreau, club soda and 1/4 cup of the spice syrup; add more syrup if you prefer a sweeter sangria. Add the diced oranges, lime, apple and pear and refrigerate overnight. Serve the sangria in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with a tablespoon of the diced fruit.
The sangria can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. The spice syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.