I had not experienced it since that night, until Stephen offered to make it one evening. It was the perfect accompaniment to a meat pasty during our outdoor picnic, before meandering a Cornish Christmas festival.
one 750 ml bottle of any red wine
1/3 - 3/4 c. sugar (to your taste)
10 whole cloves
1 t. allspice
1 t. nutmeg
1 - 2 cinnamon sticks
Place saucepan over medium heat. (Do not allow it to boil at any point; steaming is okay. Boiling evaporates the alcohol.) Pour quarter of the bottle of wine into the pan.
Cut orange in half. Squeeze juice into wine on stove, retaining the rind. With a sharp knife, cut five small 'X's into outer rind of each orange half. Place whole cloves into each 'X.' Place oranges with cloves, face down into the wine so that cloves are fully immersed in the liquid.
Add all remaining spices and sugar, mixing until dissolved.
Next, add remaining wine and allow it to cook approximately 10 - 15 minutes, until warm. Again, keep an eye on it and do not let it boil.
Use ladle to pour into mugs. It looks pretty in glass, but don't use one without a handle!