The best recipe you will ever find. Seriously. This crosses oceans- USA, UK,, NL, France. It will warn you up, but not knock you over.. ;)
It is actually a mix of various Martha Stewart inspired hot wine and hot cider recipes. You MUST personalize the taste with the amount of spices you use. If you serve it in the afternoon, make sure you serve it with Pepernoten, Dutch Spice Balls. You can find that recipe in the search. Heavenly. I love this season ... it is so Sweet and Spicy!!
2 bottles (750ml each) fruity wine (ex. : Beaujolais, Côte de Rhone, Shiraz))
1 bottle (1 liter) apple cider juice the more « raw and cloud the better
1 cup (250ml) maple syrup
2 oranges or 4 tangerines, sliced
2 apples slices whole so you get a « star » in the middle where the seeds are (it is so pretty)
1 vanilla bean
4 cardamon pods
2 star anise
10 whole cloves
2 sticks of cinnamon
8 black peppercorns
Put wine and maple syrup in large pot to slowly blend over medium heat. About 5 minutes, stirring now and then. Add apple cider/juice, spices and fruit. Heat slowly over med low heat as long as you can. Get the fruit well imbided.
The longer you heat it, the less alcohol is in it. Add more maple syrup to make it « smoother » if that is how you like it. Filter onto bottles. This will keep for weeks in the fridge.
For +/- 100 people, like for an Elementary School Christmas Market….
5 boxes of wine as above , 3 bottles in each box
5 liters of apple juice/cider non alc
2 liters of maple syrup
large handful of star anise
--- half that much of black peppercorns and of cloves and of cardamon pods
10 cinnamon sticks
4 vanilla beans