Decmber 5

Warm redwine with spices. We call it GLØG, other countries around here have their own name and recipe for this nice Christmas drink. It ought to be homemade, but if you are in a hurry or maybe just a little lazy, the solution is to buy a premixed liter. In December, people invite to “Gløg and æbleskiver”. The dictionary has a very long translation of that word: “small cake of batter cooked over the fire in a special kind of pan.” The direct translation is “apple slice”. I dont think that long translation is possible to remember after a few cups of gløg, you can try – here is one of the many recipes of Gløg. More about æbleskiver later.

Swedish gløg, 4 persons.

1 beer
½ bottle of red wine
1 dl. sweet blackcurrant juice
1 dl. Cognac
60 gr coriander
50 gr almonds
1 stick cinnamon
1 cardamom fruit
20 cloves
1 Pomerans be
zest of ½ lemon
75 gr Sugar

lots of raisins

Wash the coriander and put them to soak overnight in brandy and juice, together with the spices.

Warm the beer untill boiling, add sugar, almonds and lemon zest. Add the wine and spices, warm it to almost boiling. (Don’t boil it, the alcohol will disappear then.) Serve in a tureen. Use mugs or toddy glasses, long spoons, and have a “small cake of batter cooked over the fire in a special kind of pan.”

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6 comments so far

  1. Gerry on

    Just reading about it gives me a cheery holiday glow. I will never assemble all of those ingredients at one time in my kitchen. I believe I will send a link to this post to the avid cooks of my acquaintance. Then I’ll go make a small cake of batter and a fire and hope it all comes together.

    • Giiid on

      The smell of the spices in the warm wine will convince almost anyone, that Christmas is going to pass in peacefulness. That is of course only untill the Gløg bowl is empty. After that, realism takes place, and the count down continues. Your plan sounds like it will create a tripple effect, and most likely have a very long effect on level of peace. I´ll expect to be informed.

  2. montucky on

    Sounds delicious!

    • Giiid on

      It is, depending of how it is made. Some like to make it very sweet, some like it very strong, some use a lot of raisins and almonds…and there is of course the non alchoholic version. In wintertime it is possible to buy a glass of gløg at most cafe´s

  3. Nye on

    That sounds really good, I might be tipsy after drinking that. 🙂

    • Giiid on

      I think so. 🙂
      Tipsy, what a cute little word with a good melody. In Danish it sounds much more boring and hard; bedugget. The melody make it sound like if a tipsy person is in much better mood than a bedugget is. 😉


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