Oven-drying orange slices gives them a longer shelf life, which is ideal for gift-giving. For a sweet homespun touch, hand-write the recipe on an old-fashioned recipe card.
1 large orange, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
10 black peppercorns
5 whole cloves
4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
3 whole allspice
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2 (750-milliliter) bottles zinfandel or other fruity dry red wine
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 200°.
Arrange orange slices on a wire rack coated with cooking spray; place rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 200° for 3 hours or until dried.
Combine peppercorns and next 5 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely.
Combine orange slices, spice sachet, sugar, orange juice, and wine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat just to a simmer (do not boil). Reduce heat to low, and simmer 30 minutes. Discard sachet.