In Sweden, at Christmas time, we drink something called Glögg. Here it’s called mulled wine or spiced wine, it is basically that, spiced wine. It’s very popular in Sweden, for me it’s one of those three things that you need around Christmas, Glögg, gingerbread cookies and saffron bread. In other words we like to get drunk and stuff our faces with sweets around Christmas.
They make all sorts of Glögg, using white wine, red wine, whiskey or cognac. The most popular one is made with red wine, but since I can’t get a hold of any here in America. This year I decided to make my own, it’s not very hard, in fact it’s the most simple thing you can do.
This is what I used to make mine:
Red Wine (or white if you prefer, chose your own poison)
½ cup granulated sugar
I threw in the vanilla bean for fun, since I had one left from baking saffron bread. It’s not a necessary spice to make Glögg, feel free to add other ingredients for your own personal flavor, like orange peels, chocolate etc.
1. Pour your wine in a pot with the sugar, let it simmer until the sugar is melted, DO NOT let the wine boil, then the alcohol will boil away. (Unless you want alcohol free.., why would you want that?!)
2. When the sugar had dissolved, add cinnamon sticks, about half a handful of cloves, the vanilla bean and vanilla seed.
3. Let it simmer on low heat for about an hour, then take the pot of the heat and let it stand for 24 hours at least with the lid on. The longer it stands the more taste your Glögg will get.
4. After 24 hours or so, you are ready to get a little tipsy, the Swedish Christmas way!