Glögg (mulled wine)

Photo: Helena Wahlman/


Glögg (mulled wine)

Glögg is a spiced, sugared and simmered (or “mulled”) red wine. In Sweden this is a beverage consumed almost exclusively during the Christmas season, usually with raisins and blanched almonds added. Glögg is preferably served in a special little mug with a handle.
  • 1 bitter orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 10 cardamom seeds
  • 1dl (½ cup) water
  • 1½dl (¾ cup) sugar
  • 1dl (½ cup) dark rum
  • 2 dl (1 cup) cognac
  • 7½dl (3¼ cups) red wine

  1. Heat spices and water to boiling point. Remove from heat and let steep overnight.
  2. Strain and remove spices.
  3. Combine the spiced liquid with the remaining ingredients and heat slowly. Do not allow to boil!

By popular demand, this is Erik Lallerstedt recipe for glögg (mulled wine) as served at the restaurant Gondolen in Stockholm.

  • Monica-USA

    It sounds delicious!

  • Roupen

    This is my first Christmas in Sweden..
    If I want to buy a bottle of glögg from Systembolaget, do I have to heat it up before drinking?
    And which one do you recommend?