New Year's Day Sunrise Sparkler
3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
3 tbsp. sugar
2 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups sparkling wine, very cold
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine juice, sugar, star anise and cinnamon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until liquid is reduced by half (30-40 min.). Stir in white wine; cool to room temperature. Discard star anise and cinnamon stick. Chill 2 hrs. in refrigerator. Pour 2 1/2 oz. blood orange mixture into the bottom of each of 8 sparkling wine flutes; top with chilled sparkling wine.
A note about gluten: This recipe is gluten free.