750ml bottle of zinfandel, or other full-bodied robust red wine that you enjoy drinking
cup of water
cup of honey
inches of cinnamon stick for the wine, more sticks (optional) for serving
Thin peels of lemon zest for serving
Into a 2-qt saucepan, put the wine, water, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and honey (if you are unsure about the sweetness level, start with less honey and add more to taste). Heat until steamy and lightly simmering. Strain into glass mugs. Serve with a thin strip of lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon stick.