Yesterday was my birthday, and boy, did I live it up! I mopped the kitchen floor. I folded some laundry. And then, just for the heck of it, I made some beautiful-beautiful Glögg. Read on, and I’ll give you a few fun facts about this Swedish Christmas beverage, along with my step-by-step recipe:
Fact #1: There are as many recipes for Glögg as there are people who like to drink it.
Fact #2: The beverage is pronounced in a variety of ways. I’ve heard it managed (or mangled) thusly: “glug,” “gloog,” and “glurg.”
Fact #3: Glögg, which literally means “glow,” is an intoxicating brew!
My recipe is actually an amalgamation of many “authentic” Glögg recipes, including this one from Scandanavia Today. It’s as delicious as anything. I think it tastes like pure happiness.
Here’s the recipe in photographic steps (you’ll find a printable version at the end of this post):
Now grab a non-reactive pot that will hold at least 5 quarts. I used the blue Dutch oven that I obtained from this online source.
No pictures of these next steps: Over a medium flame, bring the works to a simmer. Adjust the heat to maintain a bare simmer for just 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature, and then cover the pot, and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
No picture here, because I forgot to take one: While stirring from time to time, heat the brew just to a simmer.
Then hide your car keys, because we’re going to drink our Glögg!
Shall we enjoy our drinks in front of the Christmas tree? Good. Let’s head into the parlor.
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Here’s the printable: