Narshe Spiced Wine

Terra, Biggs, and Wedge on the way to Narshe“Please relax while you’re here.”

—Edgar Roni Figaro, FFVI

  • 1 liter (4.25 cups) water
  • 4 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 15 whole green cardamom pods
  • 2 mandarin oranges, washed well and sliced crosswise
  • 1 Meyer lemon, washed well and sliced crosswise
  • 2 vanilla beans (optional)
  • 1.5 liters (2 bottles) of dry red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
  • Amaretto

In a 4-quart slow cooker, stir together water and sugar. Tie up in a piece of cheesecloth the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, cardamom, oranges, lemon, and vanilla beans. Add to the slow cooker, turn to the high setting, cover, and cook for about 3 hours.

Reduce to the low setting and wait about 30 minutes before stirring in both bottles of wine. Cover and cook for another hour before serving.

To serve, pour a shot of amaretto into a mug and ladle the hot wine mixture on top.