Step 1 In a small, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the sugar, red wine, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the liquid thickens to a honey-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook or the sauce will harden. Remove from heat, strain out the cinnamon sticks and cloves and set the sauce aside in a warm place. If not using right away, cool the sauce and then cover; rewarm the sauce before using.