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Swedish recipe for glögg

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Recept glögg

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!

Recipe glögg

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.

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22 December 2020

Swedish Christmas songs

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Sundliska Gården

When you can’t go to Sweden but you long for some Swedish Christmas spirit, you could listen to my playlist with Swedish Christmas songs. Below I list a few of my favorite Swedish Christmas songs and some real classics.

My favourite Swedish Christmas songs

  • Tänd ett ljus – Niklas Strömstedt
    Goosebumps when I hear this song. It reminds me every time of the first time I went to Levande Julkalendern in Stockholm. It was in an inner garden. There were lights and a choir and to top it all off, they handed out glögg and pepparkakor. A very nice memory. You could really feel the Christmas spirit.
  • Jag drömmer and jul hemma and Tomten jag vill ha and riktig jul – in the version of Måns Zelmerlöw. And now that we are talking about this winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, December should not be missing from this list. I like it even more than the first 2! Not exactly a Christmas song, but this song also fits very nicely in terms of atmosphere and message: Ett lyckligt slut.
  • And ton av tystnad – Sanna Nielsen
    Very nice! It would make you silent… 😉
  • Jul, Jul, Strålande Jul – Carola
    Admittedly, with this song I have a love-hate relationship and I dare to skip it if I’m not in the right mood
  • Jag såg mamma kyssa tomten
    A cover of I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus.
  • Den Julen – Scotts
    I only discovered this song this year. Instant favorite. No Christmas without “Last Christmas” and so there is also a Swedish version of it.

True classics

  • Mer Jul
  • Juligen
  • Nu tändas tusen juleljus
  • Julen är här

More Swedish Christmas songs on Spotify

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22 December 2020

God Jul – Christmas vocabulary

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God Jul! First of all, I wish you a merry Christmas. I hope you can make it cozy at home and can spend it with loved ones.

God Jul

I know that some of my loyal readers are also learning Swedish, so I thought I could share some Swedish words around Christmas with you today.

God Jul! Merry Christmas
julkalendern the advents calendar
en kalender a calendar
adventsljusstake advent chandelier
en ljusstake a chandelier
adventsstjärna advent star
en stjärna a star
Luciatåget the Lucia parade
jultomten the Santa Claus
julklappar Christmas presents
julvärd tv-host on Christmas Eve
Kalle anka Donald Duck
Julafton Christmas Eve
juldagen Christmas
annandag jul
mellandagarna the days between Christmas and New Year
Julbord (julbordet) Christmas buffet
Julskinka Christmas ham
en skinka a ham
Janssons frestelse Jansson’s temptation
pepparkakshus gingerbread house
glögg glühwein
julöl Christmas beer
julmust Christmas coke

Read more about how the Swedish celebrate Christmas. Click here to read all Christmas related articles.

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24 December 2017