2 cinnamon stick (broken down or whole)
orange peel (1 whole orange - i prefer fresh rinds to dried)
1/2 lb of sugar (i like to use brown but either works)
5 cloves (optional),
1/2 cup raisins
put wine and spices into stainless steel or porcelain kettle (other kinds react badly with wine).
Put the sugar in a pan and soak it with half the brandy. medium-low heat and stir until it becomes a clear, golden syrup and sugar has dissolved. simmer for about 15 minutes until the little tiny bubbles become larger burbles. add sugar to wine and cover for about an hour.
taste it along the way for desired blend. add more brandy (which is what i like to do) or port or sugar, etc...
strain spices with a thin cloth....with every cup serve it with new blanched almonds and golden raisins.