RECIPE: Hair of the Camel That Bit You

  • 750 ml red wine of your choice
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 5 oz Goldschlager

Dump red wine into a large pot or slow cooker over low heat. Add sugar, orange slices, orange juice, and spices – you can stick the cloves into the orange slices to make them easier to retrieve.  Simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes but longer is better.  Stir occasionally.  Serve while still hot in a mug, with 1 oz of goldschlager per serving. 

This recipe has a lot of room for customization.  You can substitute a few teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for the whole spices, if you would prefer.  I would recommend putting ground spices in a tea bag before adding them to the wine, so your drink isn’t gritty.  Not sweet enough? Add more sugar. Not complex enough? Add peppercorns, ginger, juniper berries, bay leaves, a vanilla pod… even a little chili pepper can be yummy!

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