How To Make Glogg, Swedish Wine

Glögg is a delicious traditional Yuletide drink, enjoy some this winter.

Glögg is a Swedish and Nordic drink that is particularly wonderful on a cold winter’s night. It is a spiced sweetened and heated wine. Glögg, is traditionally enjoy around Christmas time and goes wonderfully with Christmas cookies, gingerbread and nuts.

There are many versions of Glögg. Depending on what area the recipe comes from, some use vodka instead of wine, other add more spices. You can adjust the recipe to suit your own tastes. For a more full-bodied spicier Glögg, try bottling it after it has been made and leaving it on the shelf for a few weeks before you drink it.

Cooking Time: about five minutes

Preparation time: A few minutes

Main Cooking Utensil Needed: a saucepan and a measuring cup

To make 8-10 cups, you will need:

One bottle of red wine

2/3 cup of gin

One cinnamon stick

Ten cloves

½ cup of blanched almonds

1-cup seedless raisins

1-tablespoon honey

1. Uncork wine and pour it into pot.

2. Add the gin, cinnamon sick and cloves. You may want to crush the cinnamon stick to enhance flavour.

3. Simmer gently for a few minutes, remove from heat and then add the almonds, raisins and honey. It should be heated to about 60°-70° Celsius (140°-158° Fahrenheit). It should not be allowed to be warmed to more than 78.4° Celsius, as this will burn off the alcohol.

4. Cool for about 2-3 minutes and then pour into glasses. Glögg is traditionally served in glasses not coffee mugs. If you are concerned about your glasses cracking from the heat, add a spoon to each glass as the Glögg is poured in. This will help ensure they do not crack from the heat.

This is a wonderful drink to serve after sledding, carolling or at a Christmas party. Most people prefer to remove the cloves before serving. Remember if serving it at a party, to let people know there are almonds in it. There are a large number of people with severe nut allergies and most people do not consider nuts in their drinks. Better to be safe than sorry. For parties it might be best to make up one batch with almonds and one batch without. If you would like to make a non-alcoholic version, the gin can be left out and the wine can be substituted with non-alcoholic wine, black currant or grape juice. Glögg is a delicious traditional Yuletide drink, enjoy some this winter.

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