A mulled wine made by maceration of the spices in vodka overnight before adding it to the wine and sugar. A traditional Swedish recipe served with almonds and dry fruits, a sensational and easy-to-make heartwarming drink!
This Swedish Mulled Wine (Glögg) is based upon an 1870 Swedish recipe of Mulled Wine my Swedish friend uses—such an aromatic and uplifting drink to enjoy with friends. With a bouquet of aromas like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, and cloves, this warm alcoholic drink will warm you on a cold winter night!
A Simple Technique
Christmas time is around the corner; it’s time to make some mulled wine! This version is ultra-spiced and easy to make; the technique is simple and impossible to miss. The most challenging part is ensuring the wine doesn’t reach a boil. That easy! Mix all the spices with the vodka, and let the magic happen! The rest is a piece of cake.
The Swedish vs. German Mulled Wine
The German version, Gluhwein, tends to have the spices heated up inside the wine itself briefly, while the Swedish version, Glogg, is done separately. Also, the Swedish love a crunch in their drink by adding some dried fruit (usually raisins) and almonds. That’s why a Glogg is always served with a spoon. Finally, both are called ‘glow wine’ in their respective tongues, which means they are pretty similar overall.
The Original Recipe
This Swedish Mulled Wine recipe dates back to 1870; it was macerated in a grain or potato-based spirit called Aquavit, similar to vodka. Nowadays, variations contain Brandy, Port or rum, but vodka is not saturated with aromas which makes it an excellent candidate to suck all those spices’ goodies! There is no need to warm it up; good old friend Osmosis will transport the Christmas spices through the alcohol.
Can I use powdered spices instead of whole ones?
No, better not, or you’ll get a blurry drink.
Can I use white wine?
Yes, it’s slowly growing in popularity.
Can I use a slow cooker or Insta pot to keep it warm?
Yes! It’s a fantastic idea, or in a thermos is fine as well! As long as it’s fuming, never boiling.
Other Winter Drinks
Swedish Mulled Wine (Glögg)
- 1 Small container with a hermetic top.
- 1 bottle red wine
- 200 g sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
The Spice Maceration
- 150 ml vodka
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 20 cloves
- 3 slices fresh ginger
- 10 green cardamom (crushed)
- 1 dry skin of a mandarine (or zest)
- dried fruits (raisins, cranberries,etc.)
- Add all the spices and vodka to an air-tight recipient, close, shake gently and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight.
- Pass the flavoured vodka through a meshed sieve into a pot with the wine and sugars.
- Heat up on medium-low heat while turning to dilute the sugar until fuming (should not boil).
- Serve warm; keep the rest in an Instapot or Thermos to keep it warm.
- Add toppings in the Glog if desired.