Glögg is the Swedish name of our mulled wine! For us it really goes hand in hand with Christmas. Basically starting end November we drink glögg at home, have glögg parties and glögg is the aperitif of choice for most social gatherings before Christmas.



As long as I can remember I have loved glögg. As a child the non-alcoholic one, which is quite sweet, and now of course the wine glögg. Here in Toronto I can’t buy the Swedish glögg (IKEA run out a long time ago) so needed for the first time make my own. I asked my mother for some advice as she has made glögg for many years living in USA. It has been a little trail and error and thanks to good friends some testings. I think I now have made a final recipe that I like!

Glögg spices

Glögg spices

100 ml sugar
200 ml water
750 ml red wine (I have found the Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia is best)
1/2 an orange
1 tbsp all spice
1 tbsp whole cloves
5 whole pods of cardemom
5 cinnamon sticks
100 ml of cognac or brandy

  • Add water and sugar to a sauce pan and bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 min so sugar dissolves
  • Wash orange and slice it, then cut each slice in two
  • Break cinnamon sticks into pieces. (I find it a little hard to break the sticks with my hands, so I also give mine a little smash with my hammer. But don’t break them too much! You don’t want tiny pieces!)
  • Add all spices to the water and sugar syrup along with orange slices
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 min
  • Reduce to lowest heat and pour in the wine
  • Let it soak for 30 min
  • Add brandy and stir
  • Use a very fine strainer, and strain all pieces from the glögg
  • I usually discard the last tablespoon or so in the pan as there are some small pieces that are small enough to even go through the fine strainer
  • Heat up the glögg but don’t boil and serve
Swedish Glögg

Swedish Glögg

We usually serve our glögg with raisins and almonds. Many people add raisins to the glögg when they reheat it before serving. And then scope them up and place in the cups. Almonds can be whole, sliced, slivered or chopped. Personally I like mine chopped!

If you make your glögg ahead of time and want to pour it back into bottles note that you have added both water and brandy so your glögg is more than 750 ml!

Hope you will like it!

Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!