Glögi: The Most Delicious Mulled Wine of All!
Glögi – Glögg
Winter drinks don’t get more festive than glögg / glögi.
It warms you through on a cold December day like a dream, so delicious and feisty: I’m utterly in love with it!
Glögg, or to give it it’s Finnish name glögi, is Nordic mulled wine.
If you thought glühwein was the ultimate in Christmas drinks then you possibly haven’t had glögg.
I didn’t think glühwein could be beaten, I’d fallen for it’s festive charms in Switzerland: my cold hands wrapped around a steaming cup of hot spiced wine while wandering the Christmas markets.
I drank it in Germany doing the very same thing.
Then, last December I went to Sweden and Finland, and I discovered that glögg is even more wonderful, basically it’s glühwein that’s been laced with a spirit – usually rum or vodka – then served over almonds and raisins.
The almonds and raisins become boozily plump while they rest patiently at the bottom of the cup, ready to be greedily spooned out when the glögi has been drunk.
Just warming the glögi though brings back festive feelings of nordic winter as the heady smell drifts around the kitchen – or in my case, camper van! Cinnamon, orange, cloves…
I should point out that it is very common to find no-alcoholic glögi too – at least it was in Finland –, made with blackcurrant juice.
This glögi recipe was kindly given to me by Kati who writes the beautiful ‘Call It Home’ lifestyle blog (it’s in Finnish, the photography is gorgeous). I’m going to meet Kati in person in January when I fly to Finland, I’m so excited!
I urge you to try glögg, it’s so easy to make and it will make your home smell unbelievably festive this Christmas.
It’s a Nordic tradition I’m firmly introducing to my British Christmas: bah humbug to simple mulled wine!
The quantity of the ingredients listed is for one bottle of wine, you can of course double it or triple it for more bottles.
The spices steep in the vodka for a few days (up to a week) so prepare this step in advance.
I’ve used vodka but you could try dark rum instead.
- 100 ml vodka
- 3 or 4 strips of fresh orange peel
- cardamom seeds from 2 pods
- 1 cinnamon stick (broken in half)
- 8 cloves
- 3 slices of fresh ginger
- a little grated nutmeg
- 100 ml / 90 g brown sugar
- 1 bottle of fruity red wine
- blanched almonds and raisins to serve
It really couldn’t be easier, simply measure the vodka into a jar or jug and add the spices, orange peel, ginger and the brown sugar.
Give it a swirl to mix then leave to steep from one to seven days.
When you are ready to serve it place a sieve over a large saucepan and strain the spiced vodka into the pan. Discard the spices.
Add the red wine, stir to combine then warm the pan over a medium heat, don’t allow it to boil though.
To serve the glögi place a few blanched almonds and raisins into the bottom of each cup/glass then pour the hot glögi over them. If you are serving in glasses, pour the hot wine over a spoon placed in the glass to prevent it cracking.
Don’t forget to give everyone a spoon to scoop out the glögi-soaked almonds and fruit once they’ve drained their cups.
It’s lovely served with a gingerbread cookie, these cute gingerbread reindeer in the photos will have their own post soon!
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Have you tried glögi/glögg? What’s your favourite festive drink?