Glögg. A holiday staple in Sweden. This yuletide beverage warms from the inside out. Perfect for chilly evenings and holiday cheer. If you're into trying something different, go ahead and give it a go! I've been told, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Sweden without a swig of this warm spicy drink! Traditionally eaten with gingerbread cookies (in Swedish, pepparkakor), yum, yum.
I took a recipe from chef Jamie Oliver, gotta love him. Glögg is also know as mulled wine. And, for those who prefer a nonalcoholic option, sub wine for grape juice. No problem.
Also, on a side note, in Sweden glögg is topped off with a spoonful of chopped almonds, and raisins once ladled out. Something worth trying. Enjoy!
• 2 clementines
• peel of 1 lemon
• peel of 1 lime
• 250g caster sugar
• 6 whole cloves
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 3 fresh bay leaves
• 1 whole nutmeg
• 1 whole vanilla pod, halved
• 2 star anise
• 2 bottles of Chianti, or other Italian red wine
Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime using a speed peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavor base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to do, make a syrup base first, because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.
When your syrup is ready turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and both bottles of wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve.