There are some cocktails that spread like wildfire around the globe, and then there are some historic traditional drinks that represent a certain region. The glogg is an example of the latter, as it has been centered around the Nordic countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Scandinavia.
It is a mulled wine beverage that is often drank around Christmas or winter time in general. The drink can be made with or without alcohol, but is traditionally served with alcohol, although the liquor may vary. There are all sorts of variations of the drink, just as there are variations on the foods that are traditionally served with it. Glogg is even sold ready-made, but is traditionally home-made.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons of raisins
- 2 tablespoons of almonds
- 2 tablespoons of zest (orange)
- 1 tablespoon of cardamom
- 2 tablespoons of ginger
- 8 cloves
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 ½ cup of bourbon or vodka (optional)
- Combine the wine, the optional liquor, raisins (half), almonds (half) cardamom, orange, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into a pot. Heat to 175 degrees Farenheit for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and let it stand for one hour.
- Strain to remove the spices.
- Reheat, then add the other half of the raisins and almonds.
- Cooking Pot
Glogg doesn’t require a garnish, but a slice of orange can serve as one. It also should be noted that it can be served either heated or chilled, which is a great way to adapt to the season that you are making the drink in. The drink is served with fruit or berry juices for those who do not drink alcohol. The unique concoction is also known to incorporate all sorts of liquors, from red wine, to white wine, to sweet wine, to brandy, to whiskey. As a result, it makes for a great way to continue making all sorts of variations, depending on the kind of liquors that you prefer. It is also often served with all sorts of desserts, from ginger bread, to rice pudding, to other delicacies, depending on the country. The drink is certainly not popular worldwide, but if you ever wanted to get a taste of Nordic tradition – make some Glogg for a change!