Holiday Wine Recipe
How to make Glögg at home.
What is Glögg? Never heard of it before? Well, I was introduced to Glögg over 10 years ago… and it has been one of our favorite drinks to make around the holidays. Simply put, Glögg is hot, spiced wine and an absolutely wonderful way to warm up during the cold winter months.
I just made Glögg for our New Year’s Hasbro Game Night.
It’s so easy to make. You can follow my simple recipe
below and adjust as needed to your taste.
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 0.5 Liter inexpensive brandy (you can use vodka if you prefer)
- cheese cloth (to make your spice sachet)
- 10 cardamom pods
- 5 cloves
- 1 broken down cinnamon stick
- 1/2 orange peel (if you use fresh orange you can squeeze 1/2 the orange into your mix for extra flavor)
- 1 cup sugar
- Optional additions: 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup almonds, 5 dried figs
How to make (please note that I doubled my recipe):
Step 1: Pour wine, brandy and sugar into a crock pot (set to low). Since I doubled the recipe, I used 2 bottles Butterfly Creek Zinfandel, 2/3 of the brandy bottle and 2 cups of sugar.
Step 2: While the sugar is dissolving, you will want to make your spice sachet(s). Start with 10 cardamom pods and place in the center of your cheese cloth. If you double the recipe like I did, then you will want to make 2 sachets. Place 10 cardamom pods in each sachet.
Step 3: Break up your cinnamon stick into small pieces, then add to the cardamom on the cheese cloth.
Step 4: Add 5 cloves. (Remember if you are doubling the recipe you will need to add 5 cloves to your other sachet as well.)
Step 5: Cut your orange into slices and squeeze approximately 1/2 of the orange juice into your mix. Use a strainer so you don’t add pulp or seeds to your drink. This is to taste. If you like citrus, then add more. You don’t have to add it at all! I just didn’t want to waste the orange. Make sure to stir your drink mixture. This is to make sure the sugar has completely dissolved and the orange juice gets mixed in thoroughly.
Step 6: Add the peel to your spices sachet.
Step 7: Tie a knot at the top of your sachet. You don’t want the spices to swim in your drink!
Step 8: Drop the sachet(s) into your drink mix. You will want to allow the drink to simmer for a minimum of 45 minutes. I allowed mine to remain in the crock pot for 3 hours prior to serving.
Step 9: Serve warm and enjoy!
If you are not interested in making the Glögg from scratch, you can find a pre-made holiday wine mix at Trader Joes and Amazon during the holiday months. You will have to keep your eyes open, as this mix is hard to find and sells out fast.
Original hot Christmas drink was found online &
modified per taste and prior experience making this drink.