Glögg: A Scandinavian Tradition

Glögg: A Scandinavian Tradition

Heather Blaha
Dec 18, 2006
IKEA isn't just a furniture resource. We went to a holiday party yesterday that was inspired by our Swedish host's traditions and his appreciation for everything IKEA has to offer. The food was all IKEA: meatballs, salmon, cheeses, chocolates. Most importantly, the glögg was flowing, a traditional Scandinavian hot drink that we had never tried before. You can also buy a spiced red wine base for your glögg at, of course, IKEA. If you're feeling ambitious, try this recipe from scratch: Chef's tip The Glögg will be even spicier and will have a fuller taste if you bottle it and leave it for a week. You can also leave out the vodka if you want something with less alcohol." Ingredients 1 bottle of red wine (inexpensive) 1/4 - 1/2 cup (50 ml - 100 ml) vodka (optional) 5 - 20 whole cloves 1 large teaspoonful cardamom seeds 2 - 4 pieces (sticks) cinnamon 1 - 2 pieces ginger Peel from half a lemon 1/2 - 1 cup (125 - 250 ml) sugar 1 large teaspoonful vanilla sugar Preparation Crush the cinnamon and cardamom. Peel the lemon. Put all the spices and peel into a glass jar with the vodka. Cover. Leave overnight. Strain the vodka, discard the spices. Mix the spiced vodka with the wine and sugar. Heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan until steaming hot. Do not boil! Stir and taste. If not sweet enough, add more sugar. If too sweet, add more wine. (Thanks, Andreas!)
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