Glögg – Swedish Mulled Wine

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Glögg is a traditional Swedish mulled wine served during winter. It is one of the things my family pines over as soon as the cold weather hits.

We serve it at Thanksgiving, winter family-gatherings, and of course, we serve it during the Christmas season. It’s a warming drink that makes my heart crave the snowy grounds of Sweden.

It’s so adored in my family that the mere thought of not having it causes us to be distraught. Just this past Thanksgiving my mom asks me “did you ask your grandmother to bring glögg?”, and then proceeds to freak out when I told her no.

I honestly probably very nearly ruined Thanksgiving. So I decided to make our own. I mean how hard could it be? Not that hard as you’ll see in this recipe, which was a win!

And that ladies and gentlemen, is the story of how I saved the Silfverduk Thanksgiving this year with this wonderful drink (but not really because my grandmother is always freakishly prepared and had several mixes of glögg at the ready… so technically we saved Thanksgiving together).

Trust me, this drink is well worth a try.


Glögg - Swedish Mulled Wine

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Drinks, Holidays
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Holiday, Vegan / Plantbased
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bottle red wine (the cheaper the better - we typically buy Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 1 bottle white wine (again, the cheaper the better)
  • 1 cup coconut rum (not traditional but this is to make it gluten-free)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 small slices of fresh ginger
  • 8 cardamom pods crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks crushed
  • 8 whole cloves

Instructions

  • Heat water and sugar in a pot until a simple syrup is formed
  • Add in the wine, coconut rum, and spices (including the orange peel and raisins)
  • Heat mixture over low heat (to prevent alcohol from evaporating out too much) for 30-40 minutes until flavors are well infused
  • When mixture is warm, strain out spices and enjoy!

Notes

Note: this will not be exactly like the traditional Swedish beverage as it's not made with aquavit (an alcohol you can only get in Sweden).
For easy spice removal, try placing spices in a tea ball or tying them up in cheesecloth.


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