NOSE-WARMER PUNCH (mulled red wine, about twelve 1/2 punch cups, serving eight)
3 bottles dry red wine
1-1/2 cups brandy
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
3 small lemons, zest scored lengthwise with a channel knife and fruit sliced thin
1. In a large, heavy saucepan bring the wine and brandy to a simmer with the sugar, cinnamon and cloves, stirring, and cook at a bare simmer for 2 minutes.
2. Stir in the lemon slices and ladle into heat-proof cups.
from Gourmet Magazine, December, 1994