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A cup of mulled wine next to evergreen branches, spices and an orange.

Swedish Glögg

An easy and delicious recipe for classic Swedish mulled wine.  It will keep you warm and cozy all winter long.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian, Swedish
Keyword: glögg, hygge, mulled wine, spiced wine, warm beverages, winter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Kristi

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 bottle dry red wine nothing expensive but full-bodied
  • cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 inch piece of ginger sliced into thin rounds
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods crushed (include both pods and seeds)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup aquavit such as the Linie brand (rum, brandy or vodka will also work)
  • Golden raisins, blanched almonds and thin orange or clementine slices for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Remove the peel from the orange using a vegetable peeler and transfer peel strips to a medium saucepan.  Cut orange in half and squeeze juice into the saucepan with the peel.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the saucepan and heat until mixture just comes to a simmer.  Cover and remove from heat. Let steep for two to four hours at room temperature. Strain into a clean container.  Mixture can be prepared up until this point up to a week ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • When you are ready to serve, return mixture to a saucepan.  Add aquavit and a handful of golden raisins. Heat but do not boil (boiling will remove the alcohol).  Serve immediately garnished with raisins, blanched almonds and orange or clementine slices if desired.

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Notes

Don't let the glögg come to a boil! Boiling or even simmering the glögg will cause the alcohol to evaporate. We don't want that! Bring the glögg up to the point of simmering and then turn off the heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg