Family recipe and Modern recipe: Place all spices, vodka or cognac, depending on recipe, in a glass jar overnight. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a saucepot. Add the wine and sugar. Heat very slowly until hot and the sugar has dissolved. Make sure that the brew does not boil. Serve in small cups or mugs and garnish with raisins and almonds.
Recipe courtesy of Hakan Swahn, Aquavit, NYC