2 x 75cl bottles red wine (such as Merlot; better quality wine makes all the difference)
1l good-quality cloudy apple juice
115g caster sugar
1 long cinnamon stick, snapped in half
2 star anise Star anise star an-eeseStar anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, withâ€¦
3 tbsp orange CuraÃ§ao or Cointreau
a handful or so (about 100g/4oz) frozen mulled fruit or fruits of the forest or Black Forest fruits
3 small red-skinned apples, sliced into rings Apple ap-pelGrown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There areâ€¦
Pour the wine and apple juice into a large saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise. Heat gently, stirring once or twice, until the sugar has dissolved, then continue heating gently for another 15 minutes.
Just before serving, swirl in the CuraÃ§ao or Cointreau, throw in the frozen fruits and add the apple slices.