Glogg is a hot Nordic beverage consisting of wine that has been warmed with various spices, also known as mulled wine. Mulled wine has a long history of use in a variety of cultures, originally prepared to cover up the taste of wine that had gone bad. In the case of glogg, a red wine is flavored with a mix of spices typically associated with the winter, such as cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla. It has a very rich and strong taste, but is often prepared almost cloyingly sweet.
It is traditionally served piping hot with raisins and almonds added to the beverage, often with a side of sweet breads. Glogg is also available commercially as a non-alcoholic beverage produced with grape or black currant juice. Many choose to add their own spirits to Glogg for an extra winter warmer, such as brandy, rum, or vodka.
Glogg is traditionally served in small glogg mugs with little specialty spoons out of a communal glogg bowl. In the weeks surrounding Christmas, many people gather for glogg parties to welcome the holiday season, while others prefer to share glogg with friends or family over a quiet evening in.
Beyond Europe, there are few examples of commercially produced glogg readily available other than the export glogg produced by the Saturnus company. However, numerous recipies on preparing home made glogg can be found online, and there is a wide variety of approaches to the brew. In a nutshell though, one cup of water is heated with a liberal dose of spices including clove, cinnamon, vanilla beans, and maybe orange peel or ginger. Once the mixture gets to a boil, the spices are filter out and the liquid is allowed to sit over night. When you’re ready to serve, a bottle of wine is heated with the mixture along with sugar to taste. An equal amount of black currant or grape juice can be used in the place of wine. Many other recipies include adding a fair amount of port and brandy and letting it all cook at a low heat for quite a while.
In a addition to glogg, most European countries have at least one version of mulled wine to call their own. Glogg is most similar to the German mulled wine, Gluhwein. The English and Americans have a number of mulled wines and ciders that are similar in spirit to glogg. Most Germanic countries continue to enjoy a hot winter punch called Wassail that is much like mulled wine.