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As unappealing as it is to say, this Yuletime beverage is pretty delicious! (Not to mention it is also well-suited to outdoor gatherings on chilly afternoons.)


1 Bottle of Red wine

⅔ Cup Bourbon (or Vodka, if you prefer)

½ C Sugar

2 Tbsp Orange Zest

2 ½ Tbsp Raisins

2 tsp Cardamom

1 Thumb-sized piece of ginger root

2 Sticks of Cinnamon

6 Cloves

1 Orange

1 Apple, core removed and sliced *Optional

⅓ C whole almonds

Grapes *Optional


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the Bourbon (or Vodka) with the raisins. Warm gently and allow to soak for a minimum of 15-20 minutes.
  2. In a separate larger pot heat the red wine together with the ginger root, sugar, orange zest, cardamom, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Heat to 175 F and let simmer for at least 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let steep for at least 1 hour. Then strain it to remove the spices.
  4. Reheat to serve. Add a few almonds, bourbon-infused raisins, apple slices, orange slices, and grapes to each glass.