Recipe: Richard Castle's Christmas Glögg

Christmas was a couple of days ago already, but for those of you who had missed it, Richard Castle released the old family recipe of Christmas Glögg.

I don’t know how you, my dear readers, have learned about the Rodgers’ Christmas Glögg (do you have a forum somewhere?), but my email’s been bombarded with requests for the recipe.
First and formost: It’s pronounced g-lewg.
Here’s a scan of the original family recipe that’s been handed down from Mother’s grandfather, Farfar Rodgers. It should go without saying that you should only try this if you’re of legal drinking age in your country. Stay safe. And away from horses.  

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
10 whole cloves 
2 cinnamon sticks
10 cardamom seeds, crushed
2 bottles dry red wine (I use 1 Madeira & 1 medium dry sherry)
10 oz. Aquavit
2 cups whole blanched almonds, lightly toasted
2 cups raisins
In a small saucepan combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks and cardamom seeds.  Bring to a boil then cover and let stand until cold.  Store in a covered container until you are ready to use.
In a non-reactive saucepan pour the red wine.  Through a sieve strain the sugar mixture into the wine.  Heat to between 150 degrees and 170 degrees – do not boil.   Before serving pour ½ oz. Aquavit into each 8 oz. cup or mug.  Add several almonds and several raisins to the cups.  Pour the wine mixture over them.  Skål (cheers)!
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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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