Glögg is a traditional Scandinavian drink that is brewed when the days get shorter and colder. The history of Glögg is debated by wine experts but the most common creation story comes from King Gustav I Vasa of Sweden in 1609. It was said that he liked mixing sugar, cinnamon, honey, cardamon, cloves and ginger into his German wine, and the delicious concoction “glödgad vin”. The translation means “glowing-hot wine”, and through the years, the name was shortened to Glögg.
Even without the traditional wine, port and brandy, this winter elixir is perfect for warming the body and the soul on cold winter nights.
The best thing about Glögg, or mulled wine, are those beautiful spices, and though this recipe is incredibly easy, it does take a little bit of prep work to get those wonderful flavours.
The night before you plan on serving your Glögg, pour one cup of the cranberry juice into a bowl and add the raisins, orange peel, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick. Stir together until all dry ingredients are soaked in the juice, then cover with cling film. Leave the juice to steep in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
NON ALCOHOLIC GLOGG RECIPE
1 litre Cranberry juice
1 litre Pomegranate juice
1 cup raisins
One large orange, sliced and seeded
2 tablespoons dried orange peel
1 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup granulated sugar
10 whole cloves
1 whole star anise
1 large cinnamon stick
On the day of serving, pour the remaining cranberry juice, and the pomegranate juice into a large saucepan. Stir in the sugar, the steeped cranberry juice mixture, and the almonds.
Add half of the orange slices and put the saucepan on a medium-high heat, and remove when the Glögg is steaming, but not boiling.
Straining the liquid is optional- we prefer drinking our Glögg with a spoon to fish out those delicious raisins and almonds.
However you drink it, kick back and enjoy those festive flavours with friends, family, or even some quality, relaxing alone time in the bath. We recommend teaming soaking up the festivity with a seasonal DIY bath melt (see our GW blog) and our relaxing frosted lavender soy candle (see our GW product page).