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Glögg is a spiced, mulled wine that is popular in Scandinavia during the winter months. It is usually made with red wine, although white wine or even cider can be used, and is flavoured with a variety of spices such as cardamom, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Glögg can also be made with vodka or aquavit, and is often served with raisins and almonds.
The exact origins of glögg are unclear, but it is thought to date back to the Viking era. The word ‘glögg’ is first documented in the early 18th century, and it is likely that the drink was developed as a way to make wine last longer and taste better during the long, dark winters.
Over the centuries, the recipe for glögg has evolved and been adapted to suit different tastes. Today, there are countless different versions of the drink, with each family or region having their own unique twist.
When making glögg, it is important to use good quality ingredients. Start with a good base of ruby port or red wine, to which you can add a variety of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. To sweeten the glögg, use either sugar or honey, and if you like, you can also add some brandy. Finally, add some sliced almonds and raisins for a nice crunch and additional flavor. Allow the glögg to sit for a few hours or overnight to allow the spices to infuse the liquid. When serving, make sure to heat the glögg slowly and gently, as boiling can make it too sweet. Enjoy your delicious glögg!
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