This recipe is very old with many variations in all over Europe. It is a traditional drink for the winter, especially around Christmas and Halloween. It is consumed warm, it is very easy and very quick to prepare it and, believe me, whoever tastes it will give the thumbs up.
1 1/2 bottle of red wine
4-6 tablespoons brandy
1 cinnamon steak
the skin of 1 lemon
1/2 skin of an orange
In a casserole with 300 ml water, add the spices, the fruit skins and the sugar.
Let them come to boil slowly, but not to bubble. Just until the sugar is melted.
Then add the wine. All the time, we must not let the mix bubble.
We remove from heat and we add the brandy.
Strain the wine into a warm jug or directly into warm glass.
Pour in the glasses and decorate with a star anise.
I would advise to accompany this wine with something salty like cheese or crackers.
Extra sweetness is not so good because it tends to go into the head very quickly.
And… drink it slowly!