Glögg (hot mulled wine) is one of the things I love about the holiday season here in Sweden. I've only had the store-bought variety before, so I hope this turns out okay. This was the recipe I used: 3 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds 1 small piece of ginger 15 whole cloves Peel from half an orange 1 deciliter (1/2 cup) of vodka 1 750 ml bottle of cheap red wine 1/2 cup of sugar 1 tsp of vanilla or vanilla sugar Crush the cinnamon and cardamom and place them along with the ginger, cloves, orange peel, and vodka in a glass jar. Let sit over night. The next day strain the spicy vodka (a coffee filter worked well for this) and discard spices. Mix the vodka with the wine and sugar(s) and/or vanilla in a large sauce pan. Heat until steaming hot but don't boil. If it's not sweet enough add more sugar. If it's too sweet or not strong enough, add more vodka. I found an extra half deciliter of vodka was needed (which is about a quarter cup). Serve by pouring the hot glögg over raisins and sliced almonds in little mugs (like espresso mugs). You can either drink it right away or bottle it and let it sit for a week before serving, which allows the spices and flavors to blend together even more.