Now when it’s Christmas time, I have to share another typical Christmas tradition we have in Scandinavia. To drink warm wine – mulled wine. We name it “Glögg”. It’s quite sweet but has a delicious taste of typical Christmas flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, orange and cloves. Since it’s a strong drink, we serve it in small mugs and we add raisins and blanched almonds to it. You find it everywhere in Scandinavia during Christmas time. I like to prepare my own Glögg, because then you can adjust the sweetness with the amount of sugar you add.
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 12 whole cloves
- 2 pieces of fresh ginger
- 1 tsp whole cardamom seeds
- Peel from 1 orange
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup natural spirit (e.g vodka)
- 2 bottles red wine
- 1/2 cup sugar
Use a pot or a bowl that you can seal. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, cardamom seeds, orange peel and the raisins into the pot. Pour the spirit over the spices. Cover it with a lid or plastic foil. Place the pot in room temperature and let it rest for 3 days.
Drain the liquid into an empty pot. Add the red wine and part of the sugar (taste before adding all sugar). Scald the liquid but make sure to keep it under boiling point. Let the sugar dissolve.
If you want so serve you mulled wine later, just reheat it before serving. You can keep it in a closed bottle for up to 3 months.
Serve your mulled wine with raisins and blanched almonds. You can also serve Saffron buns on the side.
My mugs are from Swedish “Gustavsberg” porslin.