Make sure you use a wine that you like to drink! If it isn't good cold, it's not going to be any better hot.
- 1 750ml bottle of zinfandel, or other full-bodied robust red wine that you enjoy drinking
- 3/4 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 15 black peppercorns
- 3 inches of cinnamon stick for the wine, more sticks (optional) for serving
- Thin peels of lemon zest for serving
Into a 2-qt saucepan, put the wine, water, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and honey (if you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste). Heat until steamy and lightly simmering.
Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.