A glass of this traditional warm, spiced red wine is a great way to greet guests. Prepare it just before they arrive, to fill your house with the heady scents of the season.


6 green cardamom pods
4 whole cloves
2 strips orange peel
2 cinnamon sticks, (4 inches/10 cm), broken
2 (each 750 mL) dry red wine
1/2 cup (125 mL) halved dried figs
1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins
1/2 cup (125 mL) blanched almonds
1/4 cup (60 mL) packed brown sugar


Place cardamom, cloves, orange peel and cinnamon sticks on 4-inch (10 cm) square of double-thickness cheesecloth; bring ends up and tie with string.

In large saucepan, bring wine, figs, raisins, almonds, sugar and spice bag just to simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and set aside for up to 2 hours. Rewarm to serve.)

Servings: 12

Nutritional Info.

approx. Per Serving

Cal  143

Pro  2 g

Total Fat  3 g

Sat. Fat  0

Carb- 18 g

Fibre  2 g

Chol  0 mg

Sodium  12 mg

%RDI  -

Calcium  4%

Iron  9%

Vit A  

Vit C  2%

Folate  2%