Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! You guys! It's almost Christmas!
I don't know why I think it is so exciting to share with you that news, because it clearly isn't new news. With Christmas only days away, it is safe to say that we are way past the point of trying to get into the holiday mind frame. Decorations have been hung. Carols sung. Presents wrapped and holiday parties mapped.
This is all fine and great, but for me, there is still something missing. Something that immediately puts me in the holiday mood. Something that warms my insides and reminds me of Christmases long long ago. Glögg.
This is a tradition that my family has held for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I can remember my grandfather standing in front of the stove, brewing up a treat for the adults. Typically glögg is made with red wine, but a few winters ago, my friend from Sweden made a variation on the classic glögg recipe. Rather than using the expected red wine, she used white wine and added lemon slices. The result is a similar, yet slightly brighter, warmed beverage. When it comes down to it, the type of white wine that you use does not really matter as much of the other flavors will overcome the wine, making it warm, spicy, and inviting.
I am publishing this article on the Monday before Christmas to give you enough time to make this recipe. I will be tweeting you all after the holidays - if you didn't do your homework and make this beverage, Tommy will be one very sad Swede.
| White Glögg |
100 mL vodka
2 cinnamon sticks
dried orange peel
12-15 cardamom seeds
1 piece ginger
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 bottle white wine
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Combine first seven ingredients and soak for 24 hours.
- Mix mixture with 1 bottle of white wine (any type is fine, feel free to use cheap wine).
- Add 1 cup of sugar (or to taste) and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.
- Warm - do NOT boil.
- Throw a few raisins and slivered almonds in the cup with the glögg and serve!