While there's a lot of variations on the components of svařák, my favourite basic way is this:
One bottle cheapish red wine
1 big cinnamon stick
1 star anise
Strips of peel from one orange
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rum (if you want that extra kick)
Remember to keep an eye on it so it doesn't come to a boil. The longer it simmers, the better, but I usually partake after about 10 minutes.
Another bevie we tried this year was cream liquors. Really easy to make at home, and great to give away.
Chocolate Cinnamon Cream Liquor
Makes 1 bottle
Adapted from Apetit magazine (December 2010, p96)
1 1/4 cup (300 ml) whipping cream
2/3 cup (150 ml) milk
3 1/2 oz (100 g) dark chocolate bar or chips
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
2 big teaspoons of cinnamon
7 fl oz (200 ml) vodka
Heat the milk and cream until quite warm (careful not to boil - it gets there quickly). Add chopped chocolate pieces and whisk awhile until smooth. Add the sugar, cinnamon and vodka, again whisking, and take off the heat. Stick in the fridge and eventually poor into a pretty bottle. Gets better after a few days, and keeps for a month I'm told (we're on week two and its perfect!) Whisking a lot pays off, as our first batch was a bit lumpy. Drink over ice or a splash in coffee.
Whatever you end up imbibing tonight...Dobrou Chut'/Enjoy!