My own special recipe, this one is beautifully rich without being too bitter or too sweet. Guard it with your life.
- 1 pear, peeled and quartered
- 1 apple, peeled and quartered
- 1 orange, quartered
- ¾ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup slivered almonds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 4 cloves
- 4 cups red wine (about 1½ 750-ml bottles)
- ½ cup brandy or cognac
Combine all ingredients except brandy in a saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes, remove from heat, and strain. When cool, add brandy. Reheat to serve. Garnish with orange peel.