Gloegg – create your own Scandinavian winter warmer



It’s been a cold and long day or maybe it’s time to share a film or a board game with some friends? I suggest you serve a warm drink full of heat and comforting spices!

And what’s more – it isn’t hard to prepare and it’ll make the house smell gorgeous when you make it.

Warm…… and Jolly – my gloegg recipe – here’s what you need:



2 bottles of red – fruity or oaked works best.
1.5 litres water
3 tbsp honey
5tbsp sugar
5 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of cumin
1 tsp ginger
3dl strong alcohol like snaps, vodka or gin
10-15 cloves in each the
3 oranges

1 cup of chopped up and blanched almonds,
airtight container to keep it in in the fridge (nuts in a warm room can go off)

2dl of sherry, port, mjoed or amaretto over
1 cup of raisins,
a jar with lid for the raisins to soak up the liquor and store it in the fridge.

Bottles to store about 2 litres of elixir in.
pot, lid and measuring cup

Prepare elixir and goodies to mix with wine at a moments’ notice.  And I promise you it is elixir – definition of elixir is a sweetened aromatic solution of alcohol and water, serving as a vehicle for medicine. Indeed!

Here’s what you do in advance – as long in advance as you like:

Pour the water into a thick bottomed pot; add the honey, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and the pinch of cumin and the ginger.

While you leave that to start simmering away – GLOEGG NEVER BOILS, not while preparing it, not while heating it and certainly not serving it – you take the 3 oranges, stick the cloves in them, deeply pierce the oranges a few times, and place them into the pot. Simmer away for about 25mins.

Add the strong alcohol and cook up for another 10 minutes.

Taste. You’d want every flavour to have equal prevalence, so sometimes you might need a little of something.

Place bottles for storing in the sink, put the funnel into one of them and place sift on top of that. Pour pot content slowly into sift and make sure the bottle doesn’t overflow. Continue until all the bottles are full.

Take a jar and fill ¾ up with raisins and pour your choice of sweet liqueur about half way up and leave covered in the fridge.

Chop the almonds about 2-3 times each (small crumbs will float on the top of the drink and look unappetizing) and put in another jar. Leave covered in the fridge.

When your friends and family come ‘round, you either just make a cup per person, fill it half way with red wine and ¼ more with elixir, place in microwave for 1:10. Each person fills their cup with a tea spoon of raisins and almonds as they please. Give them a spoon to fish out those goodies as they go. Watch them smile as they realize the raisins are full of it!

If you have more people visiting, pour about 1 cup of wine per person, 1 cup elixir per 4 people and simmer. Again leave people to add their own raisins and almonds, as not only are there some people who do not like almonds, but it also means you can store and re-heat the drink should you want to without the almonds and raisins going too soggy in the process.

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