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  • 1/2 medium orange
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup turbinado or granulated sugar
  • 20 whole cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • whole star anise
  • (750-milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • Rum or amaretto, for serving (optional)


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the orange in wide strips, taking care to avoid the white pith; set aside.

  2. Juice the orange and set the juice aside.

  3. Combine the water and sugar in a large saucepan or Instapot and boil until the sugar has completely dissolved.

  4. Reduce the heat and add the cloves, cinnamon, star anise, orange zest, and orange juice. Simmer until a fragrant syrup forms, about 1 minute.

  5. Reduce the heat further and add the wine. Let it barely simmer for at least 20 minutes but up to a few hours. Be sure not to let it reach a full simmer if you don't want the alcohol to burn off.

  6. Strain and serve in small mugs, adding a shot of rum or amaretto and garnishing with the orange peel and star anise if desired.