Winters in Lima, Peru are, well, quite different from what we get up here in New York (or what we usually used to get!). But still this Peruvian-born wine drink is as perfect on a chilly and damp winter’s day in Lima, as it is here! Fragrant and warming, this almost sangría-like cocktail is one that you will want to keep around for the holidays. Ah, that reminds me: this one is from Mambo Mixers , which I’ll be signing and selling on SUNDAY DECEMBER 9th, at La Casa Azul Bookstore , on 103rd Street in NYC, from 2 to 5 pm! Should be a lovely crowd there—29 other local authors nuzzled in between a great collection of books for children and adults, in English and Spanish—and sometimes both! I’d love to see you there!
Back to Peruvian Winter Wine, what should you serve with this? Well, anything you’d like…but I recommend Brazilian Cheese Puffs  (nice taste combo—and this is certainly what I’ll be offering my family on Christmas Day!). ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!
Photo by Dasha Wright, from Mambo Mixers, by Arlen Gargagliano
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, or according to taste
- Rind from 1 medium-size orange
- Rind from 1 lemon, plus additional rinds for garnish
- 4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional sticks for garnish
- 12 cloves
- 3 cups red wine (preferably a Chilean Cabernet)
- Fill a medium-size saucepan with the water, sugar, and orange and lemon rinds and bring to a boil.
- Add the four cinnamon sticks and the cloves.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Strain into a thermos or heatproof pitcher.
- Add the wine and serve immediately in wine glasses garnished with additional lemon rinds and cinnamon sticks.