Hot spiced wine is a perfect way to take the edge off the drizzly season.  We made this in a 2 1/4 gallon cast iron potjie suspended over the fire from a tripod. It would work just as well in a crock pot on low.

 

 

Ingredients 

 

  • 2 bottles of red wine (we used cheap cabernet)
  • ¼ bottle brandy (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 ½ pints unfiltered apple cider (more or less, to taste)
  • 2 oranges, sliced into wheels
  • nutmeg
  • star anise
  • cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • small handful of brown sugar (more or less, to taste – actually all these ingredients are more or less, to taste)

 

 

     

    Combine all liquid ingredients in a large pot. Tie the spices up in a clean bandana or some cheese cloth and drop in pot. Stir in sugar and add sliced oranges. Suspend pot high above low flame. Heat until steaming; avoid boiling. Serve hot but not scalding.

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