Eggnog is nice.

Glogi is exotic.
Here is a recipe for this Finnish spiced wine to impress your guests with.

1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick (3 inches long)
1 t. whole cardamom seeds
1 piece candied orange peel or 1 T. chopped candied orange peel
1 square (6 inches) cheesecloth (optional)
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
2 T. raisins
2 T. blanched whole or slivered almonds

In nonaluminum medium-size saucepan, heat water and sugar over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.

If desired, tie cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom seeds and candied orange peel in cheescloth for easy removal.

Add spice packet or loose spices and wine to saucepan; simmer, covred for 5 minutes.

To serve, stand a metal spoon in each glass. Evenly divide glogi into each glass. Add a few raisins and almonds to each - or, if desired, serve raisins and almonds separately.

Makes 5 cups


Brandy Alexander

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Mocha Alexander

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