To usher in the holiday, you'll need a proper roiling, steaming brew -- like those conjured in the best witches' kitchens. Since most recipes for potions and witchy elixirs are either lost to antiquity or call for ingredients like bat fur or newt's eye (which even Martha couldn't track down), you can substitute Concord-grape juice simmered with cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Martha Stewart Living, October 1999
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1 gallon Concord grape juice
8 cardamom pods
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a medium stockpot, combine Concord grape juice, cardamom pods, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer the mixture until the juice becomes infused with the spices, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately, or keep warm until ready to serve.
If fresh Concord grape juice is not available from your local farmer's market, the supermarket variety will work fine.