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.