Gløgg is the traditional mulled wine of Scandinavia made with red wine, mulling spices, ginger, and an extra boozy spike of aquavit – a nordic spirit distilled with caraway and star anise. Almonds, raisins, and orange drop into the mix, and a delicious alchemy of flavor ensues creating a complex and very drinkable winter cocktail. A steamy mug of this delightfully spiced beverage is hygge-in-a-cup goodness. Brimming with spices that support digestion, it’s the perfect thing to drink on a cold night after a big holiday meal.
**Note: This recipe has already been halved from the original recipe that made enough to serve a small holiday party. It still makes quite a bit more than two servings, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge and it reheats beautifully (just strain it so the spices don’t overpower the drink.) Alternatively, you can halve it again if you prefer to make less!
Ginger: With over 700 individual compounds in a piece of ginger, this root is extremely high in antioxidants, is an excellent digestive aid, and has been used for centuries to address inflammation.
Cinnamon: A carminative spice used around the globe for centuries and used to aid digestion. Loaded with antioxidants, it may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
½ bottle of red wine
6 -10 oz aquavit (depending on how strong you like your spiced wine!)
Zest of half an orange
Slices of half the orange fruit (save the other half for garnish!)
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
3 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
1 inch of thinly sliced fresh ginger
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup blanched almonds
¼ cup sugar
Cook wine, spices, and sugar on med-high heat until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and let the wine sit for a few hours. Add aquavit and bring almost to a boil (be careful because it’s flammable!) and then add raisins and almonds. Leave on a very low simmer and serve hot. Garnish with an extra orange slice or zest and a star anise pod. Enjoy!