Julglögg Recipe – the Ultimate in Yuletide Libations

December 13, 2010

Here it is – the recipe for the Swedish version of mulled wine, drunk from the first of Advent, through the Holidays – mentioned in the previous Holiday post.

GLÖGG (ö is pronounced like furn in furniture)

  • About 2″ fresh ginger root – sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 quart water
  • a few drops of orange essence to be added after you strain the spices (careful so you don’t put too much!)

Simmer all of the above except for the orange essence for about 30 minutes. Strain the spices and reserve the liquid.

Buy two regular (75 cl) wine bottles or one large (150 cl) bottle of the cheapest Cabernet Sauvignon you can find. (I usually buy a large Gato Negro.)

Add the wine to the spicy liquid. Sweeten with approx. 1 cup sugar, syrup or honey. I often use Black Currant Syrup from IKEA, or from any Middle Eastern store because it adds really good flavor as well as the sweetness. Act on the side of caution when adding the sweet stuff – you don’t want it to be too slippery sweet. Warm slowly, but don’t let it boil if you want to retain the alcohol. At the end, I usually spike it with a little port wine and/or cognac, but that’s of course optional.

Serve in small cups with a few raisins and blanched, slivered almonds. The idea is to let the nuts and raisins absorb the flavor and fish them out with a tiny spoon at the end. Perfect on a cold day! In fact, it’s not Christmas without it!



About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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