Serves six to eight.
1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup vodka
1 750-ml. bottle red wine
1 cup sugar
Raisins and blanched almonds for garnish
Crush the cardamom and cinnamon, and place them in a glass jar along with the cloves, ginger, and orange zest. Add the vodka, cap the jar, and set aside to steep for 24 to 48 hours at room temperature.
Strain the vodka and discard the spices. Put the red wine and spiced vodka in a large saucepan, add the sugar, cover, and place over medium-low heat for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Do not boil. Serve warm, with raisins and almonds for guests to add to their drinks as desired.