BrightwoodLiving Brings You a Christmas Elixir: Glögg


Glögg is a Nordic mulled wine that’s traditionally served at Christmastime. (It’s kinda like a hot, spiced sangria.) The best thing about it is you can make a big batch and enjoy it for a few days — it tastes even better after a day or two. Also, it smells absolutely delicious when it’s simmering on the stove. If you’re making it for a party you can serve it in a crockpot.

There are a lot of variations on this recipe, but here’s the version that I made a few days ago. I bought all of the ingredients at Safeway (cardamom seeds are on sale this week). There’s no need to spend money on fancy wine, just something halfway decent will work fine.



1 large bottle of inexpensive Burgundy wine (1.5 liters)
1 cup of sugar (to taste)
1 cup of raisins
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoon of cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon of whole cloves
4 coins of fresh ginger
peel of lemon
peel of orange
vodka (to taste)

In a large stock pot, combine all the ingredients except the vodka. Heat slowly, until the drink is steaming hot. Stir and taste every now and then. Don’t let it boil, just keep it on a low simmer for 2-3 hours. Before serving, add vodka if you wish. The drink is even better if it’s made a few days in advance.

A printable version of the recipe can be found here.

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