Warming up for the Holidays

Hey Everyone!

Well, I’m not really a Christmas person, but I surely am in the holiday food spirit. ;-)

Holiday drinks are probably a thing many people, including me, look forward to. Eggnog is a little sweet for my taste, but Champagne is great. Another one of my favourites - and one that holds many dear memories from Europe – is mulled spiced wine. It’s called Glühwein in German and Glögg in Swedish. While it basically is the same thing, in Germany we drink it in big mugs outside at the Christmas market, while in Sweden it is enjoyed with almonds and raisins in cute, little mugs (and also not outside, as you’re not allowed to drink in public).

What you’ll need {Updated Version}:

  • 2 litres (cheap) red wine – you can use the cheapest wine you find, as you will spike it with cognac or vodka
  • 350 ml cognac or vodka
  • 4 tsp sugar (I used white, but I think I’d like to experiment with brown sugar next Christmas)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (broken into 1 inch pieces)
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 20 cardamom seeds
  • peel of one orange

The how-to’s:

  1. Pour the wine into a large pot and heat on low – never let it simmer, you don’t want the alcohol to evaporate, do you? ;-) . Add the spices and sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. This may take a little while, because the pot is not super hot, but again, you wanna keep that alcohol in the pot!
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, add the vodka/cognac. You can now turn off the heat and let it sit for a few hours or a day, if you’re (unlike me) patient enough. This infuses the spices into the drink.
  3. Strain the spices.
  4. When you’re ready to try, heat the spiced wine up until hot, but not boiling hot (same reason as above). If you like to try it German style, bundle up, fill a big mug and enjoy on your balcony or in your backyard, and if you feel to give the Swedish version a try, use small heat proof cups (double espresso cups would probably work well for this, if you don’t have Glögg mugs) and add almonds and raisins.

Prost/Skål and enjoy the holidays!

Posted on by Susan Posted in Drinks

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