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Gløgg (Danish Mulled Wine) #ChristmasSweetsWeek #DrinkforJoy #Joyjolt #Sponsored

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This recipe is intended for individuals ages 21 & up. Please drink responsibly.

Welcome to the first day of #ChristmasSweetsWeek! Much gratitude to Terri of Love and Confections and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for coordinating this amazing event. Not only did they keep all of us bloggers organized, but they lined up some great sponsors. Please visit my kick-off post for information about the prizes and to enter the giveaway. You may also enter at the bottom of this post.


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Gløgg 
Danish Mulled Wine

Whether you call this Gløgg (Danish and Norwegian) or Glögg (Swedish), this Scandinavian mulled wine is warming, delicious, and easily made ahead of time which makes it just perfect for festive parties. There are almost as many variations on this as there are Scandinavians, probably. But the one I like the best includes Aquavit which is a clear, grain-based alcohol that's been infused with seeds and spices. This version that I found is made with caraway seeds and star anise; its scent is spicy and alluring.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C raisins + more for garnish
  • 1 C Aquavit (you can substitute with brandy or vodka, if you prefer)
  • 1 bottle of red wine, 750 ml
  • 2 C port wine (I used 10-year aged tawny port)
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks + more for garnish
  • 5 to 6 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods, cracked open
  • 1/2 t allspice berries
  • 1/2 t juniper berries
  • 3 to 4 pieces candied ginger
  • peel from 1 organic lemon (I used a Meyer lemon) + more for garnish
  • blanched silvered almonds, for garnish
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish

Procedure

Place 1/2 C raisins in a glass bowl. Pour in 1 C aquavit. Let soak for 30 minutes.

Add 1/2 C sugar to a large pot and stir in 1 C water. Heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce the heat and add cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, allspice, juniper, candied ginger, and lemon peel. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Pour in the aquavit-raisin mixture and the red wine. Add in the port. Bring everything to a simmer but do not let it boil! Adjust seasoning and sweetness to taste.

To serve, strain the Gløgg to remove the spices. Place a pinch of raisins and slivered almonds in the bottom of your serving glass. Pour in the heated Gløgg. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a cocktail pick with fresh cranberries and lemon peel. Serve immediately. Skål!


Note: Gløgg can be made a day ahead and kept covered at room temperature. Simply reheat before serving. But, again, don't let it boil.

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  1. Yum! I could really use this today. Love all those spices

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