Saturday, April 7, 2012

G is for Glogg

Theme ~ Swedish Rhapsody

Glogg, the heavenly  Swedish Christmas drink


1 bottle dry red wine
1 bottle port (or other sweet red wine)
Enough vodka, brandy or other alcohol to make the glogg light up
4 whole cloves
8 cardamoms
1/2 cup almonds (blanched and shredded)
1 - 2 cups raisins
orange peel
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup sugar lumps
A day or two before the Christmas party:
Place cloves, cinnamon and other spices in a kettle, cover with enough wine (any kind).
Bring to a boil.
Cool and pour into a jar or container; leave until the party.
The day of the party:
Add rest of wine, heat thoroughly without bringing to a boil.
Add vodka.
Put sugar lumps in a strainer with a handle.
Light the glogg and dip the sugar lumps into it until they melt.
Put out the flames by covering the kettle.
Serve hot with a few raisins and almond slivers in each cup.
Please don't drink this and drive. It's deceptively strong, but oh, so good!
How funny, I had to post my Christmas drink at Easter. But I saw this as an opportunity to share my secret recipe, hoping that someone out there will make it and enjoy it come Christmas.


  1. The name of this drink sounds familiar. I must had read it in a book some time.

  2. Too strong for me, but thanks!!

  3. :-) Kul att du skrev om glögg. Glögg kan man ju dricka hela året ju, är man lite frusen är det helt ok. Finns ju lättglögg med. Solig dag här o snön töar lite...

  4. Surely I don't have to wait for Christmas to make this! Thank you

  5. You're right, Inger - ohhhh, so good! Happy Easter!

  6. Sounds like a good drink for Easter!! :-)!!

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  7. Mmmmmm! I'll bet the smell is as good as the taste!

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I didn't know it had vodka in it too! Wowser!

  9. hehe I love the word "Glogg" ... :) ... I'd like to hear it spoken by a Swede ...

    ... seems something like German Gluwein ...

  10. This, I've heard of. I'm so glad you are on your Swedish heritage. It brings back my youth. I even know some "bad" Swedish words. Ha.

  11. This sounds very tasty! I wonder how it would go over at our family Christmas function? Worth a try! Thanks Inger.

  12. So....what lights up when you add the vodka, brandy or other alcohol? The drink or the drinker.... or maybe both!
    Wow! That'd put me under the table in no time!

    There used to be a Monastery in New York that produced wine and had weekly wine tasting parties. They had a holiday wine that sounds similar. It was quite sweet and spicy and was great served warm on a chilly night.

    Thanks for the recipe. I will be adding this to my stash of Christmas recipes... but who knows, maybe we'll begin a new tradition!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting about my Easter Haflingers. Your kind words are so appreciated.

  13. Sounds delicious, but really quite strong!

  14. Sounds pretty yummy to me Inger.

  15. I've heard of Glogg, but I thought it was just a generic term. I will make this one cold day! It sounds delish!

  16. Add some honey, and it would be ideal for a Bear! The kind of thing to warm a Bear's heart any time that he (or she) isn't hibernating.

    Easter blessings and Bear hugs!

    (And, yes, I saved the recipe.)

  17. Hi Inger .. sounds delicious - and one for a rainy day Christmas! Cheers and have a very Happy Easter - feeling better .. Cheers Hilary

  18. Hi remember hearing the name but did not know much about it...thanks for posting about it.

  19. I think the Christmas drink at Easter is a nice complement.
    Nice to meet you through A to Z.

  20. "Enough vodka, brandy or other alcohol to make the glogg light up"

    Not being a drinker, having a cup of this and I would light up!!! Sounds like it would be a nice thing for some of my friends for the holidays, however!


  21. Sounds like powerful stuff! :)

  22. Good gravy, Inger! I get looped on a Mike's Lemonade!...:)JP

  23. Thanks for your comments and all your funny remarks. Yes, it is a potent drink, which is why I noted the warning at the bottom. I can no longer drink it, we don't drink any longer and with my I don't make it. It is different from Glu wine, it is its own thing, really. Best of all for me: It smells just like Christmas. Nothing does, except this drink. You know I don't cook, so if anyone copies a recipe of mine, it is a huge honor. Thanks.

  24. Lethal! It's not my 'cup of tea' but I know someone here [Mr A] who would love it.

  25. Jodå älgar brukar göra så men kan stå upp och beta. Ser du ju på bilderna. Ja det var verkligen en upplevelse att se detta. Nu är jag ute och spanar efter dovhjorten. Hoppas det är fler än en...måste ju vara det. Här är det sängen som gäller nu, natta!!

  26. Ohh, this does sound so good Inger!

  27. I for one will be trying this and probably soon. My friends and I are always up for a new drink to try. I will let you know how it goes.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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