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Mickey's Mulled Wine

By popular demand (by patrons of "As You Like It")

600 ml Orange Juice (fresh or bottled).
300 ml water.
4 lemons.
2 oranges + 2 oranges for decoration.
50 cloves.
125g sugar.
3 sticks cinnamon.
2 litres red wine of choice.
150ml brandy (optional)

In large saucepan place water, lemon juice, orange juice, juice and
skin of 2 oranges, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and 1 teaspoon of cloves.
Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for 5 minutes, stir and let liquid stand for 15 minutes. Strain liquid.
Prick the other two oranges all over with a fork, stud the orange skins with the cloves in a decorative manner, and reserve.
Pour red wine into a large saucepan or casserole, add syrup (add brandy if desired) and decorated oranges. Heat through.
Do not boil.

To serve:
Transfer mulled wine into punch-bowl or small serving jug using ladle or small jug. Float oranges.
Do not attempt to pour hot wine.