New Year's Day Sunrise Sparkler

Easy
Makes 8
Ingredients: 

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

Instructions: 

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.