This drink was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “whole spices”. I have been making a version of this for years and it was one of my favourite things to drink when I was visiting Germany but I decided to make it a little bit different based on some searching on the internets. This is really good but it does sneak up on you alcohol wise because of how easy it is to drink. It is great for cold fall and winter nights.

I used Merlot but a  Cabernet Sauvignon would work as well. Also, try not to use an overly expensive bottle of wine since you are flavouring it.

  • Servings: 4-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: german
  • Course: drink
  • Cooking Time: 40 mins


3/4 Cup Orange Juice
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick
3 Star Anise
1 Orange
10 Whole Cloves
750 Millilitres Bottle Red Wine
1/2 Cup Brandy


  1. In a pot, combine the Orange Juice, Sugar, Cinnamon Stick, and Star Anise. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer.
  2. Squeeze the juice of half the Orange into the pot.
  3. Push the Cloves into the outside of the Orange Peel, and place the Orange in the simmering liquid. Continue simmering for 30 minutes.
  4. Pour in the Red Wine and Brandy, and heat until steaming but not simmering.
  5. Remove the Orange half with tongs and give it a good squeeze, strain out the spices, and serve hot in mugs or warmed glasses with the Orange Peel from the other half of the Orange


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