The hot drink was served with gingerbread and bleu cheese. The drink is powerful but easy to drink, so take it easy. Recipe after the jump.
One 750-ml bottle dry and fruity red wine, like Pinot Noir or Zinfandel
One 750-ml bottle port
Half 750-ml bottle cognac, brandy, rum, or vodka
Zest of 1 orange
10 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
5 slices fresh ginger
Sugar to taste
1 cup raisins
1 cup blanched slivered almonds
Combine wine, port, spirit, orange zest, and spices in saucepan, along with 2 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight, at least 12 hours. Strain the mixture, then reheat (do not boil) and add sugar. Add the raisins and almonds (you might put a teaspoonful in each glass) and serve hot. (recipe from Mark Bittman's The Best Recipes in the World) (re-edited from 2006-11-21 original post).