This Swedish mulled wine – Glögg is perfect for those cold winter nights with it’s sweet, warm and spicy taste that wraps around you like your favorite cozy blanket. Also, it makes the house smell amazing!
Swedish Mulled Wine – Glögg
I am trying to think of the very first time I had glögg. For the life of me I can’t remember! My husband and I have made this every year around Christmas for the last 8 or 9 years. Ben’s family is of Nordic descent and we love making those recipes. When we traveled to Copenhagen, we saw first hand some of the Nordic food movement that was going on there and we have just enjoyed cooking and experiencing their food ever since.
I do however remember always having a love of mulled wine. In Chicago every year, I always go to the Christkindle market (an outdoor German Christmas market) and I have to get at least one mulled wine with a little collectible mug that is designed new every year. Although similar, German mulled wine is warmed wine with spices, while traditional glögg uses red wine, port and brandy. Our recipe uses red wine, brandy and vanilla vodka.
The recipe has all my favorite things, cloves, raisins, orange and cinnamon, apples and cardamom, vanilla and maple syrup, rosemary, and ginger. All of the greatest smells that make your home smell like Christmas!
There are a number of small seasonings that are put in the mulled wine. It is best to wrap the seasonings in a cheese cloth, but if you don’t have any cheese cloth, then you can cook everything all together and then once cooled, strain the seasonings out just before serving.
Start by pouring half the wine into a sauce pan with the sliced apples, oranges, apples, the vanilla, maple syrup and the cheese cloth filled with spices. Cook for 10 minutes at medium heat. Then add the rest of the alcohol and keep cooking until you see bubbles (about 3 minutes). When you see bubbles take off the heat and serve warm.
Enjoy! From our family to yours, have a happy and safe holiday.
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