Punch Drunk: Three Holiday Recipes to Kick Off the Season Right

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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.

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