A classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine punch that warms the soul at Christmas.
1 bottle full-bodied red wine
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup blanched almonds
5 crushed cardamom
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 peel of a small orange
4 ounces vodka or cognac
Sugar to taste
1. Mix wine, raisins, almonds, and spices in a container with a lid. Reserve a few raisins and almonds for garnish.
2. Let the mixture stand in a closed container at room temperature for 24 hours.
3. Before serving, heat the mixture on the stove on medium-high heat until boiling.
4. Add vodka and sugar.
5. Serve hot with a few raisins and blanched almonds in each cup.