Traditional Glogg Recipe

This Glogg (pronounced “glue-gh”) recipe makes a perfectly spiced batch of traditional Scandinavian mulled wine. Warm, spiced, and spiked – this cozy red wine cocktail is the perfect holiday drink!

traditional glogg in mugs

Traditional glögg (or mulled red wine) is a Christmas-time favorite all throughout Scandinavia. On a trip to Copenhagen, I fell in love with Scandinavian life and the festive Danish aesthetic. While we were there, I enjoyed a cup of glogg (mulled wine) with a heavy pour of amaretto as we walked through Tivoli Gardens. It was like a scene from a Hallmark Christmas special.

My love for German mulled wine began when a good friend made me a delicious mulled white wine. Ironically, her recipe originated in Stuttgart, Germany (where we lived). It has a dry riesling base and plenty of citruses -the perfect Halloween adult beverage.

I’m not a huge fan of red wine, so I assumed I wouldn’t like mulled red wine nearly as much as mulled white wine. Wrong. I grab a bottle of red to make glogg whenever I go to the German grocery store during the holidays.

I can’t get enough of this warm drink rooted in Scandinavian heritage. Served warm, glogg is the perfect festive winter drink to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season! Enjoy.

collage of traditional glogg ingredients

Ingredients //

To make a delightful batch of warm glogg, you’ll need the following ingredients.

  • Sugar – Despite the sugar, glogg isn’t overly sweet.
  • Orange Zest – The best tasting oranges are winter oranges which are perfect because this is a winter drink.
  • Raisins – I do not like raisins but I feel like they must be included because every recipe that I found had them in it.
  • Slivered Blanched Almonds – is key to making an authentic batch of delicious glogg.
  • Whole Spices: Cardamon Pods (smashed), Fresh Ginger (sliced), Cinnamon Stick (broken), Cloves – the blend of warming spices varies from one mulled wine recipe to the next but this blend will give you traditional Scandinavian flavor.
  • Red Wine – Dark, fruit, and full-bodied red wines like red zinfandel and merlot are great for glogg and mulled wine recipes. A bottle you enjoy in the $10 range is just fine. Avoid using cabs and pinot as they don’t have enough body to support the added flavors and spices.

For Garnish:

  • Orange (sliced)
  • Slivered Blanched Almonds
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Raisins

Much like sangria, traditional glogg is served with an optional extra splash of liqueur. You can use:

  • Aquavit: In most Scandinavian recipes, aquavit is used to fortify glogg. It’s a regional, neutral-tasting spirit (similar to vodka) infused with caraway, citrus peel, and aromatic spices.
  • Amaretto
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka
  • Brandy

How to Make // The Steps

cooking ingredients for traditional glogg

Step 1: Mine has sliced fresh ginger, some sugar, cardamom pods (be sure to smash them to let the seeds out), orange peel, cinnamon stick, almonds, raisins (I do not like raisins feel like it must be included because every recipe that I found had them in it), cloves, and slivered almonds.

Step 2: Add sugar, orange zest, raisins, almonds, cardamom pods, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to a medium saucepan. Pour in wine.

Step 3: Simmer until wine reaches 175°. Or until the sugar has dissolved completely. Remove from heat and let stand one hour.

Step 4: Pour through a sieve. Pour into a bottle for another time or ladle straight in cups.

Step 5: How pretty does this look? Even the cooked down spices and peels look gorgeous soaked in wine.

Step 6: Garnish with a few raisins, almonds, orange slices, and a cinnamon stick. Optional, but always a good idea, add a splash of amaretto, vodka, or bourbon.

traditional glogg run through a strainer

Tips & Tricks

  • The best wine for mulled wine is one that you enjoy sipping on. It doesn’t need to be anything that breaks the bank. A bottle in the $9 range is perfectly fine as long as you like it.
  • I know it may be tempting to use ground spices if that’s what you already have on hand but using whole spices is key to achieving authentic Scandinavian glogg.
  • Make sure you smash the cardamom pods to release the seeds.
  • Temping the wine is important because your glogg really shouldn’t ever reach boiling. Keep it simmering at a lower temperature so the sugars do not get hot enough to caramelize and burn.
  • If you really want to keep things traditional, Glogg pairs wonderfully with Scandinavian dishes like pickled fish, veggies, and crackers.
cooked down spices and peels for traditional glogg

Why is Homemade Glogg So Good?

  • Glogg is easy to make and even easier to drink!
  • Warm, cozy, and comforting. This charming mulled wine is perfect for winter holidays and well, just because it’s winter.
  • Customizable. Glogg can be fortified with the spirit of your preference.
  • Great for gatherings. This recipe doubles/triples in a cinch and is an elegant, rustic addition to a holiday spread.
mugs of traditional glogg

How to Make Mulled Wine in the Slow Cooker //

It’s just as quick and easy to throw everything into a slow cooker or Crockpot to make mulled wine.

To make mulled wine in the slow cooker, add all of the ingredients and warm on high heat for 30 minutes to an hour or until the wine reaches 175 degrees and the sugar has dissolved completely.

Let stand for an hour before straining out the whole spices. Return to slow cooker and keep warm on low heat until ready to serve. Use a ladle to spoon warm glogg into cheerful holiday mugs with festive garnishes.

Glogg Regional Variations //

This is a traditional glogg recipe, but the recipes vary regionally throughout Scandinavia.

  • Swedish Glogg: is made with a combination of red wine, sweet white wine, Aquavit, raisins, and almonds.
  • Danish Glogg: the key to perfecting Danish glogg is making it with red wine fortified with port wine or rum, almonds, and raisins.
  • Norwegian Glogg: is all about adding that splash of Aquavit and plenty of earthy, sweet cardamom flavor.
mugs of traditional glogg

How to Store //

Storing: Let mulled wine cool to room temperature before storing it in glass bottles in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, gently heat over low heat until warmed through.

Make-Ahead and Freezer Options

Freezing: is not necessarily recommended but you can freeze mulled wine and reheat it over the stove OR let it thaw just enough so you can eat it like a wine slushy!

Ingredients for a mulled wine gift

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traditional glogg in mugs

Traditional Glogg Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Traditional Glogg Recipe or Mulled Red Wine is found everywhere in Scandinavia and most parts of Europe in the winter. Spiced and slightly sweet, this will keep you warm and cozy.

Ingredients

  • Traditional Glogg Recipe //
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest from an orange
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon cardamom pods, smashed
  • A fresh pieces of sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 stick cinnamon, broken
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1 bottle red wine (I use a $9 red blend)
  • Garnish //
  • Sliced orange
  • slivered blanched almonds
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Raisins
  • Amaretto
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka

Instructions

Add sugar, orange zest, raisins, almonds, cardamom pods, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to a medium saucepan. Pour in wine.

Simmer until wine reaches 175°. Or until the sugar has dissolved completely.

Remove from heat and let stand one hour.

Pour through a sieve. Pour into a bottle for another time or ladle straight in cups.

Garnish with a few raisins, almonds, orange slices, and a cinnamon stick. Optional, but always a good idea, add a splash of amaretto, vodka, or bourbon.

Notes

I make a batch and keep it in the fridge in a glass bottle. I gently reheat in a small saucepan.

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  6. CARLEY PETERSON

    Is it a splash of all of them or which ever you prefer?

    1. bakedbree

      I like a splash in all of them.

  7. NG

    This is NOT original Glogg! My great, great, uncle made it from scratch. The last batch I watched him make was in the 70’s and he was in his 80’s. He could barely speak English and his accent was thick, but his eyes were bright and spirited. He only made it for the Christmas holiday and it included fruits and hard alchohol and port…not red wine. Anyway….the word “traditional” is a little inaccurate. Your concoction sounds good, too, but it ISN”T traditional Glogg.

    1. Bree Hester

      Well, considering that I got the recipe in Denmark and was inspired by what I drank in Denmark, I would argue that it IS traditional. But like a lot of recipes and traditions, they are different from family to family, but not untraditional. But thanks for the “spirited” and slightly rude comment. Happy Holidays!

    2. framtiden

      i lived in sweden for the past three years – swedish glogg has variations.

      until you find me the book of viking that has the original and only “traditional” glogg recipe of which ye speak , i will go by my experience living in the land itself. that experience is there are variations. most recipes i am aware of are a mixture of port, red wine, cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, an orange peel, brandy, sugar, raisins and almonds.

      1. Bree Hester

        Thank you Framtiden. 🙂

  8. christi in ma

    Bree, I gave glogg and mulled wine kits to my girlfriends for Christmas this year. Such a great presentation. They loved it. I mixed up the “tradition” a little and used the Trader Joes Golden Berry mix for the fruit in the glogg.

    I also made your holiday light cupcakes for a friend whose 4 year old daughter asked Santa for Christmas cupcakes. (how cute is that??)
    Thanks for having such great ideas. I love the blog.

    1. Bree Hester

      This makes me so happy, I am so glad that they liked receiving them. Happy to have you here!

  9. Cecile

    This recipe is fantastic, thank you! The original recipe I started using didn’t include ginger but I including it thinking it would be a good addition, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find your recipe with ginger! Somewhat unrelated, where can I find those gorgeous mugs in the photos on this post?
    Thank you!

    1. Bree Hester

      Thank you! The mugs are a few years old, but they are from anthropologie.

  10. Audrey Loewen

    This is very tasty! We are making a Norwegian meal for friends, dropping off at their door (due to Covid restrictions!), and found this delightful recipe to include. Thank you.

    1. Bree Hester

      That is so nice of you, your friends are very lucky!

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