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