Glögg (x 2)

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“Glögg” is the Scandinavian term for Mulled Wine. In this post I give you one recipe that is for grown-ups only, and one alcohol-free version for kids (of any age)…enjoy!

This time of year is glögg season in my part of the world, and there are not many things that says Christmas is just around the corner like a steaming hot cup of it.
Unfortunately most store bought ones are sweetened until sticky, but luckily it is also super easy to make your own at home (and then you can control the sweetener and sweetness of it yourself)!
Either you sweeten the whole batch to your preference, or you can do as I do in the Red Wine Glögg recipe below; do not sweeten it at all, but instead serve it with the sweetener on the side so each one can season their cup to their own preference.

Traditionally glögg is served in rather small cups, and there should be sides of blanched almonds and raisins to put in your cup along with the glögg.
If you want a little something to snack on to it, gingerbread cookies are the (traditional) way to go.
(Note to self: I got to create a Paleo compliant gingerbread recipe for next year, so I can be able to give you the full experience!)

For non-alcoholic glögg, I think apple juice is just perfect. The spices goes so well with it, and it taste fantastic warm!

Glögg, with or without alcohol, is maybe the ultimate beverage to comfort you and get you warm again after a day of wintertime outdoor activities.
Do you get real winters where you live? If so, then you got to make some glögg prior to your next outdoors adventure so that you can just heat it up when you get back in. Or why not bring a thermos of it on your adventure?

Here is what to do:

Red Wine Glögg

Serves4-6
Cook time3 hours
Compliance Paleo, Primal
Meal type Beverage
Main ingredient Other
Miscellaneous Christmas
Region Swedish
Swedish mulled wine, a Chrismas classic! (This version is for adults only…)

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 clementines (peeled and cut in half across the wedges)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 2 pieces dried ginger

What to do:

1Put everything in a pot, over heat.
2Right before it starts to simmer, remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid.
3Remove the clementines after 1-1.5 hours, then let stand for another 1.5-2 hours for a total of about 3 hours.
4Pour the wine through a strainer into a jug, then bottle it.
5Done…now all you have to do is to reheat it before drinking (again, don’t let it start to boil).

Notes:

Serve the glögg with blanched almonds and raisins (to put in the cup), and some honey and/or coconut palm sugar on the side so that you and your guests can sweeten to each and every ones own preference.

 

Apple Glögg (Alcohol Free)

Serves4-6
Cook time3 hours
Compliance Paleo, Primal
Meal type Beverage
Main ingredient Fruit, Berries & Nuts, Other
Miscellaneous Christmas
Region Swedish
Alcohol-free version of mulled wine...a Christmas treat for kids of all ages!

What you need:

  • 1 Quart (1 liter) of pure apple juice
  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise and scraped)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 2 pieces dried ginger

What to do:

1Put everything in a pot, over heat.
2Right before it starts to simmer, remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid.
3Let stand for about 3 hours.
4Pour the juice through a strainer into a jug, then bottle it.
5Done…now all you have to do is to reheat it before drinking.

Notes:

Serve the glögg hot with blanched almonds and raisins (to put in the cup).

 

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8 Comments

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  2. FREAKING BRILLIANCE…I ESPECIALLY condone your ideas for serving so everyone can choose their own “sweet factor”…Authentic with the blanched almonds & raisins too…Loving this one and pinning for multiple “tries” this Holiday season…Farmor will definitely approve!…

    P.S. SUPERB “GIFTING” IDEA FOR THE MASSES!!

    • Thank you Donna!

      Happy to hear you liked it…don’t be afraid to experiment on your own during your tries. This recipe gives you a classic, traditional, basic red wine glögg…but there are endless possibilities of variations to be made…add star anise, blueberries, lingonberries or whatever you think will be awesome! :)
      I’m sure Farmor will appreciate it (and if she thinks it’s to weak it could always be spiked topreference on the side too… ;)

      I hope you’ll have plenty of memorable glögg moments this christmas!

      Take care // Peter

  3. Ja men! Varför har jag inte tänkt på att servera sötning vid sidan av!!! Helt galet! Tack för iden!

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