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The Most Awesome Glogg Ever

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I lived in Denmark for a few years and one of the best drinks I had while living there was Gløgg. If you want to know how Gløgg is pronounced, go here; then try to say it three times really fast.

Gløgg is a warm holiday drink that not only warms the body but is very tasty too. If you are having a gathering this holiday season, prepare this and your guests will love it. In fact, even if you aren't having a gathering, prepare it; you'll be glad you did. Enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Gather everything you will need

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First gather everything that you will need to make this.
  • Crock pot or any other pot you can use to simmer the Gløgg
  • Cheesecloth
  • Whole cloves (one tablespoon)
  • Port wine (about a cup)
  • A bottle of red wine
  • An orange, you will use the peel for zest
  • Raw almonds (blanched or whole) (about a cup)
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Golden raisins (about a cup)
  • White sugar
The wine and port do not have to be of the highest quality because they will be mixed in with everything else.

Step 2: Pop open the cork and add the wine (or twist off, if that is how you roll)

First, open the red wine and pour the entire bottle into the crock pot which has not been turned on.

If you are using a pot, pour the entire bottle into the pot. Make sure there is enough in the pot to accommodate two bottles of wine. You won't be including two bottles but you will ensure that you have enough room in your pot.

Putting the wine in before everything else allows it to breathe while you are preparing the other things to go in to the Gløgg.

I am by no means a wine snob so I think even a twist off variety of red wine would be OK for this recipe. I have never tried it but if you do let me know what it tastes like.

Step 3: Add the port wine for a bit of sweetness

Open the port wine and pour one cup into the pot. You can add more port wine later. At this point, do not introduce heat.
Lorddrake2 years ago
can't wait to make a batch .. this sounds so tasty
Solskinner (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
Make a batch and post a pic, I would love to see it.
Falcongirl2 years ago
Thank you for posting this! My family is from Norway and I grew up with this for the holidays. Honey can be substituted for the sugar and gives the glogg a more rich flavour. I use dirt cheap red wine, aka 2-buck-chuck, and can confirm it works just fine. One year, we did a 'Boone's Farm' (for those of you not in the US: An incredibly cheap apple wine that is flavoured and comes in every flavour/colour of the rainbow) "rainbow" of glogg. It was interesting, with the light wines resulting in a much less robust glogg. My only tip: no matter what kind of hurry you're in, don't put it on 'high' or bring it to a boil. The alcohol will boil off, the clove oil will permeate your drink, and your guests will wind up with numb lips and tongues and no buzz to show for it.
Solskinner (author)  Falcongirl2 years ago
I never thought about using honey but it sounds like a nice substitute. I will have to try it.

Good to know that the Two Buck Chuck can be used too. I agree with your tip, NEVER BOIL!
I may have missed the instruction, but are you supposed to drink the almonds and raisins at the bottom of the glass? Or avoid them?

Thanks!
Solskinner (author)  fluffydragon2 years ago
Eat them! I actually like to go a little heavy on them because they are really delicious.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
A seasonal favourite, nice photos too!
Solskinner (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thanks Mikeasaurus! This is one of my favorites!