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Mulled Wine - Gløgg

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 Mulled Wine - Gløgg

Mulled Wine - Gløgg

December 9th and time for another christmas treat. What could be good for a Monday? What about wine? Wine it is - mulled wine.

Mulled wine aka gløgg is the scandinavian version of mulled wine, and has been a christmas tradition for over a hundred years.

Back home with my parents we always had store bought gløgg and I loved it. I didn't know better. When we moved to California, I had to figure out to make my own gløgg extract. This is what I came up with after testing for a few years. 

It's a sweet spicy mix not too strong in alcohol. I hope you'll enjoy it.



  • 750 ml water (3 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 orange, zest and juice (add the juice after the extract has been strained)
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 star anis
  • 5 green cardamom capsules
  • 10-12 whole cloves
  • 7-10 whole allspice berries


  • 1 bottle red wine (Use a good red wine, it makes a better gløgg)
  • extract (to taste)
  • almonds, slivers
  • raisins (soaked in port wine or a stronger liquor) 


Put the ingredients for the extract in a saucepan, let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Strain the spices and zests. Add the orange juice to the extract.


Soak the raisins in port wine or a stronger liquor as snaps or cognac. 

Heat red wine and extract to 160-176℉ (70-80℃). Add the raisins and almond slivers. 

Serve in a nice mug.