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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