- 750ml bottle red wine
- 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
- 2 star anise
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- 4 cloves
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- 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
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- 4 tbsp caster sugar
- 100ml sloe gin (we used Gordon's) (optional)
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Put the red wine, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, lemon zest and sugar in a large pan. Cook on a low heat for 10 mins, then remove from the heat and cool, leaving to infuse for about 30 mins. To serve, heat without boiling, stir in the sloe gin (if using) and pour into mugs.
In the morning, put 1 litre cranberry juice, 1 litre apple juice and 1 litre sparkling water in the fridge to chill. When your guests arrive, mix the juices together with a few fresh cranberries and some apple slices in a really large jug or serving bowl, then top up with the sparkling water.