Classic Glögg / Swedish Mulled Wine
a cocktail recipe
During the holiday season in Sweden, it’s customary to throw a glögg party for your friends and/or family. In a celebration of the season, the host will fill their home with candles, holiday music, evergreen boughs, and of course, the mulled wine punch treat called “glögg.” These parties are so popular that folks have taken to serving their mulled wine drinks in smaller mugs. This smaller quantity is in deference to their guests, who are often made to wander from party to party during December weekends.
TIME (ACTIVE) | 22 M
TIME (INACTIVE) | 1 H
TOTAL | 1 H 22 M
| 6 oz
Combine wine, sugar, fresh ginger, orange zest, and mulling spice mix in a medium sauce pan. Heat to 170°F and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Steep for 1-3 hours. Strain to remove the spices.
Just before serving: Add Aquavit. Return to simmer, then serve. If presenting in a punch bowl, garnish bowl with orange slices, and/or cinnamon sticks.
Serving: Ladle into mugs that have been prefilled with a heaping spoonful of raisins and blanched almonds. Include a spoon in the mug for guests to eat these inclusions after they finish their drink.
Avoid heating the wine mixture above 170°F. This temperature is a little under the boiling point of alcohol. At temperatures above this the alcohol will evaporate and reduce.
Aquavit (or Akavit) is the standard choice for Scandinavian recipes, but vodka, rum or brandy is also sometimes substituted.
Slow cookers can also be used—to slightly different effect. Add all ingredients in for 30-60 minutes until wine reaches 170°F. Turn off heat. Let stand for an hour.
Mulling spice mixes vary widely in their formulation. Our mix is made many of some popular inclusions: cinnamon chips, orange peel, cloves, allspice, cardamom, and star anise.
2 3/4" quills
Cassia cinnamon sticks are rigid making them ideal for aromatic crafting or for use as flavor-imbuing stirrers.
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