There is nothing cozier than the warm tingle of spices wafting through the house around Christmas time. For most adults, the magic of Santa Claus may have faded, but the Christmas spirit is very much alive in the traditions we keep centered around family, food, and drinks.
For me, the aroma of spicy ginger, cinnamon and sweet cardamom reminds me of my European roots and the night markets flowing with steaming mulled wine.
One particular type is Glögg. Glögg is a Swedish variation of mulled wine best served hot and shared with some great company on a cold Christmas night. If you are looking for a new addition to your holiday traditions, try this recipe.
While hot cocoa is the drink of choice for the holidays, this Swedish Glögg is a great adult alternative. The notes of orange zest will brighten up even the darkest winter night.
While it is simmering on your stovetop, the sweet and spicy bouquet will fill your home with warmth and transport you to a night under the fairy lights of a European Christmas market.
Not only is this holiday recipe easy to make, but it is an instant crowd-pleaser. It makes a large batch of about six servings, but Glögg can easily be saved and reheated throughout the duration of your holiday celebrations. Glögg is highly versatile in the type of alcohol and spices used.
While this particular recipe calls for wine, the Swedes are not afraid to replace it with aquavit or vodka. How would you change the recipe to fit your family’s holiday traditions?
Cinnamon & Orange Glögg
- 1 bottle red wine
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. orange zest
- 2 tbsp. raisins
- 2 tbsp. blanched almonds (skin removed) - chopped
- 1 tbsp. cardamom seeds
- 2 tbsp. ginger root
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 8 cloves
- Orange slices - as a garnish
- Star anise - as a garnish
- Combine the wine, sugar, orange zest, raisins, almonds, cardamom seeds, ginger root, cinnamon stick and cloves into a large pot. Bring to medium heat and let simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it stand for a couple of minutes.
- Strain to remove spices and garnish with orange slices and star anise. (You may also reserve the raisins and almonds and return them to the glögg.They can be eaten directly out of the glögg with a spoon.)
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.
Looking for more holiday options? Try our Dill Salmon Mousse
Any warm red wine drink on a cold winter night is a friend of mine ! And I bet it makes your home smell amazing!
You bet! We are on the same page 😉
Yum, such a cozy and delicious drink and perfect for a crowd. I love the European traditions and variations, lovely 🙂
Thank you Sabrina 🙂 cozy is a great word for it.
I’m so excited to have found this recipe! My dad grew up in the Netherlands and his favourite mulled wine always had almonds — can’t wait to make this for him!
That’s so cool Marieke! I hope he enjoys it! It’s so lovely on a cold night. 🙂
The smell of this wafting through the kitchen takes me back to German Christmas markets and chilly fall days in Prague! Adding raisins is new to me, but it’s a great idea!
It always reminds me of Germany as well! The raisins are yummy in it, if you like that kind of thing. Thanks Elaine!