Glogg / Mulled Wine Recipe

Glogg is drink often consumed around the holidays and Christmas time. This mulled wine recipe or Glögg is tasty and not very difficult to make. It’ll likely require a trip to the store to get the right ingredient but it will be worth it. Glögg (Glogg) is a Swedish drink for a cold winter evening. It is heated, spiced and sweetened wine, a bit like the German Glühwein. Enjoy.

  • 12 oz. SKYY vodka
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
  • 1.5 tbsp. mulling spices
  • 1 tsp. fresh orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. blanched almonds
  • 4 tbsp. raisins

Directions

  1. wrap mulling spices in cheesecloth.
  2. in a large saucepan, combine the wine, SKYY vodka, cheesecloth with mulling spices, orange zest, and sugar.
  3. allow to very lightly simmer over medium heat for at least 30 minutes (do not boil).
  4. discard the mulling spices.
  5. Drop a few raisins and almonds at the bottom of each mug and top with the hot liquid.

Non Sequitur

Glogg is a traditional drink of the Swedish & Finnish Advent season – Advent being the six weeks leading up to the Birth of Christ on the 25th of December. Glogg is traditionally made with red wine, and each small glass has a few almonds and raisins in it as well as the drink. December in this region is a dark, wintry time, and this hot drink helps keep the spirits cheered.

Glogg’s origins are with mulled wine – wine heated with spices. Mulled wine was known to medieval Europeans and celebrated from at least 400AD. In the 1800s, a special mulled wine was popular in Europe known as “Glühwein”, which began to incorporate the special Glogg ingredients – raisins and almonds. Glogg also tends to have more sugar as well as a heavier alcohol content. Given the frigid winters seen in Scandanavia, this can be quite necessary!

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