For a cold day, make it in a big flask and sip on it all day!


3 cups (750ml) red wine
1 cup (250ml) brandy or cognac
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon toasted whole black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/2 vanilla bean
40g sultanas
1 star anise
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup water


  1. Combine ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine sieve, reserving orange slices.
  3. Pour wine into serving glasses. Top with orange slices.
  4. Drink!

A super easy recipe I found on
I usually buy a cheap red like a cabernet sauvignon (not a shiraz or a merlot, you want something a bit “stronger”).
And you will get addicted to this!

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