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How to make Scandinavian glögg mulled wine



Scandinavian Glögg

Glögg is an essential part of Christmas all over Scandinavia. We make and drink this throughout December – especially for advent weekend visits and gatherings.

You can also find many different glogg recipes in our Christmas book Atelme Christmas.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Scandinavian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 bottle red wine quality doesn’t matter
  • 1-2 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 g piece of dried root ginger
  • 5 g dried Seville orange peel or other dried bitter orange if you can’t get Seville
  • 7 green cardamom pods
  • 15-16 whole cloves
  • 80 gram (3oz) sugar
  • flaked almonds and raisins
  • splash of either vodka
  • aquavit, rum or cognac etc (optional)


  • Pour the wine into a pan, add the rest of the ingredients (except almonds and raisins) and heat to around 80C/176F, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Don’t heat too high or the alcohol will start to evaporate.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for at least an hour.
  • Strain the mixture and return the mulled wine to the bottle – use a funnel to make life easier for yourself. This wine can be kept for a few weeks, no problem.
  • To serve, pour the wine into a saucepan and re-heat it.
  • Place a few flaked almonds and raisins in the bottom of your serving cups and pour the glögg over the mixture.


You can use this recipe from which to make your own – spice it up if you prefer, or even soak the raisins in brandy the night before and top with the hot wine for a warming kick. Aquavit works, too.

Bronte Aurell’s book Atelme Christmas is a great collection of Scandinavian Christmas favourites from all over Norway, Sweden and Denmark – you can get it here.

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