Fall is in full swing here at the Weekly Tasting, which means we’ve got our hearts set on cozy, spiced wine cocktails to warm our bones. Rather than settling for a standard mulled wine, we’re taking a hint from the Scandinavian country of Sweden and sipping on some sweet, aromatic Glögg.
Glögg, a spiced wine cocktail enjoyed in celebration of Nordic holidays, is similar to mulled wine but with a bit more of a punch (read: a little more booze) and incorporates a variety of spices, dried fruit, and nuts to add flavor and complexity. Perfect for your pumpkin carving party, casual get-together, or as a nightcap on a chilly evening, this cocktail will easily become a fall favorite.
- 1 bottle of red wine (750 mL) - we like something extra fruity and full-bodied to stand up to the spices (Zinfandel, Syrah, New World Merlot)
- 1 bottle of ruby Port
- ¾ + ¼ cups akvavit, divided - this is traditional, but feel free to use brandy, rum, or vodka.
- 3 strips of orange peel
- 5 cardamom pods
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 2 1-inch chunks of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 cup raisins + extra for serving
- 1 cup blanched slivered almonds + extra for serving
- ½ cup granulated sugar
You'll also need:
- 1 large pot
- 1 medium pot
- Mesh strainer
- Funnel (to store any extra Glögg)
- Empty wine bottles (for storing extra Glögg)
In a medium pot, add ¾ cup of akvavit, (or brandy, rum, vodka) and granulated sugar and cook until it becomes a slightly thickened syrup.
In a separate large pot, add wine, port, orange peel, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, raisins, and almonds and bring to a low simmer. Save the wine bottles!
Add the sugar syrup to the spiced wine mixture and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add ¼ cup remaining akvavit (or liquor of choice) and taste for sweetness. Feel free to add more sugar if you like a sweeter drink. Also, you can add additional spices or more liquor if you want an extra kick! Simmer for another 15 minutes.
Strain the entire mixture and allow to cool slightly.
Serve warm and garnish with more raisins and slivered almonds.
Using a funnel, pour any leftover Glögg into the wine bottles that you saved.
Feel free to adjust this recipe to your liking by adding more spice, alcohol, or sugar. Make a big batch and keep a bottle in your fridge for any last-minute visitors - Glögg is also just as tasty when it's chilled. Skål!