1/4 cup caster sugar
1½ cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
4 whole allspice
½ vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
4 pieces each, orange, lemon & lime peel
1 red apple, skin on – chopped
750ml fruity red wine (such as merlot)
Place the caster sugar and water in a large saucepan & stir over a Induction level 4 or FlameSelect® level 5 until sugar is dissolved.
Add the cinnamon sticks, spices, vanilla bean & peel and bring to the boil on induction level 9 or FlameSelect® level 9. Reduce heat and boil the mixture gently until reduced by half. Cool, then strain.
Return the strained syrup to the saucepan, add the apple & the red wine. Warm gently on Induction level 3 or FlameSelect® level 4. Ladle into glasses for serving.