Glögg (Spiced Wine)

Suzy MacFarland


It is never to early to start making fruitcake or Glogg.
Glogg is the Scandinavian version of spiced (mulled) wine.
Spiced wine is served in a punch bowl and is often kept warm with a teapot warmer or canned heat.
It is served in small heatproof cups.
It is most usually made during the Holidays but anytime in winter it is welcome.
If desired, it can be bottled in jars and kept in the fridge to age. Fresh or aged, this is a wonderful traditional beverage.
I hope you try it and enjoy!
Uff Da!

The photo to the left is the Julmarknad, the Christmas Market in Stockholm, Sweden.


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10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 bottle
    pinot noir or red burgundy (good but not expensive quality)
  • 3/4 c
  • 3/4 c
    aquavit or vodka
  • 1 1/4 c
    coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 medium
    oranges, one peeled thinly and sliced, one for garnish
  • 4 medium
    cardamom pods crushed
  • 4 stick
  • 2 large
    star anise or 4 medium
  • 10 tsp
    whole cloves
  • 10 tsp
    blanched almonds
  • 1
    vanilla bean split
  • 1
    fresh ginger peeled (one inch long)
  • 1
    large bay leaf
  • 1 c
    dried cherries (optional)
  • 3
    dried apricots cut in quarters (optional)
  • 4 slice
    dried pear (optional)
  • 4
    dried figs, halved
  • 1 medium
    lemon for peel

How to Make Glögg (Spiced Wine)


  1. Prepare and cut fruits as indicated.
    Add the fruit, spices and nuts to a stainless pot or enameled dutch oven.
    Spices may be put in cheese cloth and into the alcohol mixture instead of floating free.
    Add the wine and other alcohol.

    Simmer on the lowest heat, covered, for about 30 minutes.
    Remove from the heat and allow the flavors to steep and marry.

    Garnish the cups with a cinnamon stick, thin orange peel and half moon slice of a fresh orange. Garnish the heatproof punch bowl with freshly cut fruit and spices.
    Warm the wine, add to cups and serve.

    Any fruits can be used for Glogg. The ones, I recommended are a mixture of traditional and my own favorites.

    Note: Although heated, this wine still has a lot of alcohol in it and is not intended for minors.

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  2. Here is the Julmarknad (Christmas Market) in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  3. In Germany this is called Christkindl Market Gluhwein and is often made with white wine.
    The photo shows commercially made Gluhwein available at many liquor stores in the U.S. and abroad.
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  4. Here is a Gluhwein sign from the Christkindl Market (Christmas Market) in Germany.
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  5. Here is the German Christkindl.

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