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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
Total time: 105 minutes
Yield: 8 serving


  • 1 750 ml. bottle medium-bodied, not-too-dry red wine
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 scant tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 small fistful of green cardamom pods
  • 1 large fistful of dried bitter-orange peel (fresh orange peel works fine, too)
  • 1 chunk of peeled, fresh ginger (half grated, half sliced).


1. Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat instantly and simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Strain liquid through a sieve into a bowl, tie solid ingredients in cheesecloth and return all to the pot.

3. Add 4 or 5 more bottles of wine, and let steep, preferably overnight. When reheating, never let the mixture come to a boil. (You can add brown sugar or vodka to taste.)

4. Garnish with blanched almonds and black raisins. They are delicious when fished out.