This is something I’ve made for years and years. Be careful drinking it! It will hit you like a sledgehammer. A delicious, Swedish, Yuletide sledgehammer.
Heat one bottle dry red wine with one sliced orange, 3/4 cups raisins, 1/2 cup blanched almonds, 6 cardamom pods, 5 cloves, and a cinnamon stick. (spices should be tied in cheesecloth to be removed before drinking)
In another saucepan, combine a bottle of brandy and a pound of sugar. Heat a little, then flame the brandy to melt the sugar. (This is where I invariably set something- a spoon, kitchen towel, the counter- on fire).
When the sugar has completely dissolved and the flame is extinguished, mix the mixture with the wine.
Spoon into mugs with an orange slice, a few raisins, and almonds in each glass.