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Glögg — Swedish mulled wine

March 19, 2019

Glögg — Swedish mulled wine

Hi there,

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There be much miseltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near

It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time of the year

We always loved this song. Especially the original version, by Andy Williams. It just perfectly captures that old, classic Christmas feeling doesn't it?

Today, I want to share a special festive "cocktail" recipe with you.

Actually, it's not a cocktail. It's a winter delicacy called  glögg, and it comes from Sweden. It's much beloved here in Europe, especially in Scandinavia. Why? Because, like those classic Christmas songs we all know and love, glögg transports us back to the happy Yuletides of our childhood.

Glögg is a type of mulled wine. However, it has a few twists.

In Sweden, folks gather with their friends and family several times over advent for "glögg parties". It's a wonderful tradition, and one that you can share with your friends and family — to give them something different.

( NOTE: This recipe requires you to wait for a week while some spices infuse. That's why I'm sharing it today. I recommend you get started this weekend, and then finish up next weekend. It doesn't take long to make this delicious drink, and you can store as much as you require over the festive period.)

What you'll need: 
Bottle of red wine; vodka; caster sugar; vanilla sugar; raisins; cloves; cinnamon sticks; pieces of dried ginger; Seville (or bitter) orange peel; cardamom pods; and almonds (peeled and blanched).

Here's how you make it:

(This recipe is super easy, provided you have everything you need.)

  1. Pour 5 tablespoons of vodka into a jar or container. Add the spices, i.e. 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 pieces of dried ginger, 4 pieces of dried orange peel, 15 cloves, 1 teaspoon of cardamom pods, 2 tablespoons of raisins. Then leave to infuse for a week.
  2. After a week, pour the vodka and spices into a pan. Add the bottle of red wine, half a cup of caster sugar, and a teaspoon of vanilla sugar. Heat gently until the sugars are dissolved and the mixture is hot.
  3. Leave to cool. Then pour the mixture through a sieve to remove spices, and store away in sterilized bottles until your "glögg party".
  4. For serving: add 3 raisins and 3 almonds to a glass, and pour in the reheated glögg. Serve piping hot. Best enjoyed outside in the snow.
  1. Voilà!

Enjoy!

Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo!

P.S. By the way, I also wanted to share some news with you.

A lot of customers have been writing in about the  Sagrada Wine Goblet and Sagrada 12.5oz Wine Glass — which both have been out of stock for a while now — asking if we'd get some more in time for Christmas.

Well, I'm pleased to say we're about to receive another shipment from the workshop. I'll be touch next week as soon as they are available again.

Have a great weekend!