• 4-6  whole star anises
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • Whole Cinnamon sticks
  • 10 Cardamom pods (optional)
  • 5- 10 Whole cloves (depending on how much you like the taste)
  • Variation of Citrus (this depends on own taste, for my version I used)

1  Lemon
1 Clementine
A hand full of Kumquats cut in half
2 Bottles of red wine (750ml each)
2 cups Brown sugar


This is a very simple recipe but perfect for a cold winters evening sitting around a camp fire or even in front of a cosy fire place right in your own home.

  1. Place all the spices in a pot and lightly roast filling the air with lovely aromas. Careful not to let it burn.
  2. Add your sliced up citrus fruit (this can be any of your favourites or even only one this really depends on your own taste) 
  3. Add your Red wine and sugar all together in the pot. Stir till sugar is dissolved making sure not to boil before then.
  4. Lightly boil everything together for about 10 minutes and then strain though a fine sift or muslin cloth.
  5. Serve this drink hot with a slice of fresh citrus. Because the alcohol boils out it is a perfect for someone that does not like to drink. However a shot of brandy can be added in the glass before serving for those who prefer it.