Tired of the never ending cider and egg nog this season? Try Glӧgg! A spiced wine that is out of control good.

What you need: (I'm a big fan of using amounts to taste, so use this as a guide)

  • 1 bottle of your favorite red wine. (I recommend Merlot)

  • 0.5 Liter brandy

  • 10 cardamom pods

  • 1 cinnamon stick (broken down)

  • 1/2 orange peel (dried or fresh)

  • 1/2 lbs sugar (regular or lumps)

  • Optional additions: 5 cloves, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup almonds, 5 dried figs

Heat the wine and brandy spices, fruit, and nuts in a pot (and any optional accoutrements).

Be careful not to boil the mixture; just let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

Then, strain through a cheese cloth to remove all additions.

Optional 1: Serve your Glogg hot over lumped sugar (or with regular granulated sugar).

Optional 2: You can also serve the Glogg with raisons or almonds.