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This traditional Swedish Christmas punch was featured in our December 2002 issue. The writer offers a warning that it's powerful stuff, but delicious and it will warm every inch of your body on a cold night.

  • 1 c. water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 whole cardamon pods
  • peel of 1 orange
  • a sprinkling of raisins
  • a handful of whole almonds
  • 2 c. port wine
  • 1 c. brandy
  • 1/2 c. sugar

Combine all but last 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; simmer 30 minutes, and set aside.

Bring remaining ingredients almost to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in spice mixture, and serve warm, reserving seasonings in the pan. Yield: About 4 cups.

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