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Very nice! A little "bite" from the peppercorns, and loved the addition of cardamom! Recipe doesn't say what size bottle, and I assume for 6-8 servings it would be the large (gallon (3 liter))size. I used a 750 ml size and cut everything in half. I also cut the sugar down to a fourth, since we don't like it too sweet. A nice "Boxing Day" warmer-upper! Made for Let's P-A-R-T-Y! December Cooking Event, 2009.
After a bit of disappointment with last year's hot wine attempt, I was wary of wasting another bottle of red -- but this was delicious! I halved it and followed the directions to the letter -- though I wasn't entirely sure whether the wine was meant to boil before turning down to simmer, or if it was just supposed to steam for 15 minutes just below a boil. My batch was slowly brought to JUST under a boil by the time I decided I couldn't wait anymore and it tasted great. In retrospect, I would say just warm it on medium-low heat til that sweet citrusy flavour steeps in.
I can't get enough of this stuff! I add cranberry juice and a cinnamon stick to serve. If you like spiced cider you'll love this!