YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
TIME: 45 minutes
2 large oranges
4 Â¼ cups/1 liter red wine
1 Â¼ cups/10 ounces brandy
Â½ cup dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods, slightly crushed
Using a peeler, remove the peel in strips from 1 orange then juice the orange. Slice the other orange into rounds and reserve for garnish.
In a nonreactive saucepan, combine orange peel, juice and the rest of the ingredients. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Increase the heat to high, bring mixture to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low. Simmer gently until flavors meld, about 30 minutes. Strain the mixture, discarding the solids.
Ladle into cups or mugs. Garnish each with a reserved orange round.