When we heard this recipe for glogg on NPR, we were intrigued. The drink uses a Swedish alcohol called aqua vit. This warm and delicious wine, port, and spices drink warms you up and tastes incredible – not too sweet, not bitter at all, and wonderfully spiced.
Soak 1/2 cup of raisins in aquavit (or brandy or vodka alternatively), for 30 minutes.
Heat a large pot on the stove, over high heat. Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves.
Turn the heat down to medium and add 2 sticks of cinnamon (broken in half); 4 whole cloves; 6 whole cardamom seeds (crushed); a thinly shaved orange peel; 1 small piece of ginger, cut in half and peeled. Stir again and do not allow to boil from here on out. (You don’t want to lose the alcohol!)
Add the raisin/aquavit mixture, 2 cups of pinot noir and 2 cups of port. Sweeten and spice to taste.
Strain, and garnish with raisins (and blanched almond slices if you have them).
The drink can be made up to a day ahead and kept covered at room temperature.
This blog post written nearly entirely under the influence of glogg.
- 1 cup aquavit (or brandy or vodka)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups pinot noir (or burgundy)
- 2 cups port
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 whole cloves
- 6 whole caradamom seeds, crushed
- 1 orange
- 1 piece ginger
- blanched almonds (optional)