A Traditional Scandinavian Winter Drink
Glogg is a mulled drink that is sweet and warming, perfect for the colder part of the year. Glogg is made from red wine, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and fresh orange peels and is sometimes served with sliced almonds and raisins, although recipes vary.
In the winter I make glogg for our Winter Solstice gathering. I normally make it from a premade non-alcoholic concentrate I purchase at the Scandinavian store and add spiced rum to it, but this year I wanted to try something different and make it from scratch. After some trials, I came up with this recipe. I love glogg and couldn't imagine a winter without it. Share your stories and recipes about glogg with me. I’d love to hear them!
- 1 cup 100% apple juice
- 1 cup 100% grape juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 2 cardamom pods crushed
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup red wine
- Optional: sliced almonds and raisins
- Boil apple juice, grape juice, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, water, and sugar in a pot on the stove over high heat.
- Once boiling turn the heat to medium and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the liquid is reduced by half, don't use a lid and keep an eye on the liquid level every so often.
- Strain the infused juice into a heat safe container and rinse the pot if needed.
- Add the infused juice back to the pot and place the pot on the stove over low heat.
- For every 1 cup spiced juice add a 1/4 cup red wine. For this recipe, it should be a 1/2 cup red wine.
- Keep the glogg warming on the stove and serve warm.
- Optional: Glogg is traditionally served with sliced almonds and raisins. Place a few in the bottom of a mug before pouring in the glogg, don't forget the spoon! For this batch, I'd add a 1/4 cup of each.
- Strain the spiced juice and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to use, gently heat the juice on the stove and then add the red wine.
- Instead of red wine try spiced rum.
- Other spices can be used instead of or in addition to the cinnamon and cardamom. Try some whole cloves, fresh orange peels, whole allspice, and whole star anise to add more warmth to the drink.
- Try using all grape juice or all apple juice. Maybe even try a completely different juice like cherry.
- Use red wine in place of the juice for a more traditional taste.
- For a non-alcoholic version serve before adding the red wine.