Warming up after a winter walk with a cup of a hot drink, it is literally heartwarming. In winter this warm drink can be glögg (the Swedish version of mulled wine) in Sweden. You can buy that glögg ready-made or you can make it yourself with this easy recipe for glögg.
I really don’t like glühwein, but I won’t say no to glögg. Some think that these are the same but I think there is a big difference in taste. And of course the glögg also includes pepparkakor!
There are many different recipes for glögg. Do you prefer a certain herb or not? Then experiment by taking it out, reducing or increasing the amount. Replace the cane sugar with dark brown sugar. Add cardamom or honey. Or cook orange peel with it. Plenty of variations!
If you would like it a bit more alcoholic, add a good splash of cognac, orange liqueur, port or rum and create your own recipe for glögg.
Ingredients for Swedish mulled wine
- 75 cl red wine
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
- 2 tablespoons of grated ginger
- 4 tablespoons of cane sugar
- 50 grams of almonds
- 50 grams of raisins
- 20 cl freshly squeezed orange juice (you can also replace this with apple juice)
- slices of 2 oranges (you can also replace this with apples)
How to make glögg
The recipe for glögg is really simple. Pour all ingredients in a large pot (except the orange slices, raisins and almonds) and boil it. Let it cool down. Ideally, you make the glögg a day in advance so all ingredients can take and give all the flavours.
Just before you want to serve the glögg, heat it up again until it boils. Strain the mixture and divide between the heat-resistant glasses. Finish the glögg with orange slices, almonds or almond slices and raisins. Serve with pepparkakor. Cheers!
P.S. You can also serve the orange slices, the almonds and the raisins on a small bowl, so everyone can add it according to their own taste.