Mulled Wine

This recipe is very similar to glogg, a traditional Scandinavian drink and the perfect way to start a winter party.

INGREDIENTS:

1 bottle of medium or full-bodied red wine, such as Merlot
1/2 cup mulling spice blend
1/4 cup sugar
6 crushed cardamom pods (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup blanched almonds

METHOD:

In a large pot, combine wine, spices, sugar, raisins and cardamom pods. Cover and bring to a simmer. Uncover the pot and and reduce to low heat, occasionally stirring. Simmer for at least 20 minutes until the wine is infused with the spices.

Strain wine through a fine-mesh strainer. Serve warm in mugs.

Makes 4 servings.

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