Traditional Swedish Glogg

Traditional Glogg Recipe
The Spruce
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
255 Calories
2g Fat
24g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 255
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sweet, warm, and spicy, glögg (pronounced "glue-gh") is Sweden's seasonal mulled wine gift to chilly souls around the globe. Often enjoyed as a Christmas holiday drink, glögg means "glowing ember" and carries the classic connotations and merry musings of its Old Norse origins. Promising good cheer in a steamy cup, this punch charms with high-octane aromas, super spice, and the warm glow of good wine. 

Many European countries have their own tasty versions of mulled wine. The Swedish take tends to turn things up a notch with a generous splash of bourbon or vodka and the added aromatics of cardamom pods. Keeping with many of the belly-warming spice themes found in Germany's glühwein, Swedish glögg traditionally strains out the spices prior to serving. It also adds a dash of blanched, slivered almonds and raisins to the final mug.

This easy-to-make, even easier-to-drink, traditional glögg recipe by Mattias Borrman is not limited to yuletide happenings. It's also perfect for festive winter gatherings or as a quick warmer on snowy days.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • Optional: 1 1/2 cup of bourbon (or vodka)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (plus 1 teaspoon for serving)
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons ginger (fresh root; sliced)
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons almonds (blanched and slivered)
  • Garnish: orange slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Traditional Glogg Recipe
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  2. Combine the wine, bourbon or vodka (if using), sugar, orange zest, raisins, cardamom pods, a slice of ginger root, cinnamon stick, and cloves into a 2- to 3-quart pot. Heat to 175 F (77 C) and let simmer for 2 minutes.

    Traditional Glogg in a pot
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  3. Remove from the heat and let stand and steep for 1 hour.

    Traditional Glogg
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  4. Strain to remove the fruit and spices and gently reheat the punch.

    Straining glogg
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  5. Add a few almonds and raisins to each serving glass and garnish with a slice of orange. 

    Traditional Glogg
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Red wine blends tend to work best in this recipe. It doesn't have to be a great wine because this drink is filled with so many flavors. Fortunately, many of the blended wines are inexpensive and they're very easy to find.
  • Make the glögg ahead of time, strain it, then store it in the refrigerator. When it's time for the party, warm it up quickly on the stove and serve.

Recipe Variations

  • Like any mulled wine, there are many variations of glögg. In one recipe variation, for instance, nutmeg and vanilla extract are added, brandy or spiced rum is used along with vodka, and brown sugar gives it a darker sweetness.
  • Don't reserve glögg for winter! You can also serve it well-chilled, over ice in summer for a Swedish-styled sangria.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the wine and bourbon with 2 cups each of grape juice and apple juice.