Norwegian Glogg, the Viking Drink
Glogg in Christmas Cups
One sip of this warm delicious drink, will instantly give you insight into how Scandinavian people cope will the long, cold nights in this winter wonderland.
Glogg is the Norwegian version of mulled wine.
There are as many different names for mulled wine as there are recipes, but the most common ingredients include sugar, citrus (oranges, lemons and/or limes), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, star anise, and cardamom. Here is what you might find in variations on the hot spiced wine drink around the world:
Around the Christmas Holidays, festive Christmas mugs are used to serve this delicious aromatic drink. The delicious rich blend of spices, nuts, dried fruits, and wine is guaranteed to warm you up and make you happy.
5 cups orange juice
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1-1/2 cups raisins
1/2 cup pitted prunes, chopped
12 dried apricots, chopped
15 whole cloves
5 cinnamon sticks (break into smaller pieces)
2 pieces fresh ginger, chopped
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 bottles (750 ml) red wine or
red grape juice)
Pour orange juice into a large pan. Place cloves and ginger in cheesecloth bags* and add to the pan. Add raisins, prunes, cinnamon sticks, and almonds. Bring mixture to a boil and let steep for 45 minutes. Add wine and heat. A crockpot is perfect to keep this Viking drink nice and hot. Ladle into mugs and serve.
Norsk (Norwegian) Glogg
In Norway, you can buy bottles of this festive Viking drink mix and all you have to do is add the wine and/or red grape juice if you do not wish to add alcohol. Add nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon sticks to the drink before serving.
I make the bags by cutting food grade cheesecloth into squares; fill them with the spice mix and tie each bag at the top with food-grade string or plain dental floss.
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