Red wine and kirsch (a brandy made from cherries) are the base for this delicious seasonal drink, which is laced with citrus and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.
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2 bottles light-bodied red wine
1 1/4 cups sugar
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
3 black peppercorns, crushed
2 cardamom pods, crushed
One 3-inch cinnamon stick, crushed
1 clove, crushed
1/2 cup kirsch
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, combine the red wine with the sugar and the orange and lemon zests. Put the spices in a tea ball and add to the saucepan. Bring the wine to a very slow simmer over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat, discard the tea ball and stir in the kirsch. Ladle the spiced wine into heatproof glasses and serve at once.
The spiced wine can be kept overnight at room temperature. Reheat before serving.
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Review Body: This is sooooo good! I have a juicer and save all my pulp, so I used a combination of mandarin and lemon pulp instead of zest - I tied it up in cheesecloth. I found kirsch at the corner liquor store but if they didn't have any I was prepared to a brandy instead.