White sangria spritzer
MAKES 1.5 LITRES (6 CUPS) PREP AND COOK TIME 20 MINUTES (+ REFRIGERATION TIME) Stir 4 strips orange rind, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise, 8 cloves, ¼ cup caster sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Transfer to a heatproof jug; cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold. Strain mixture into a large jug. Add ⅓ cup brandy, 2 sliced white nectarines, 2 cups chilled sparkling mineral water and 750ml bottle chilled sparkling white wine (or moscato for a sweeter version). Top with fresh lemon balm or mint leaves.