Drink This Now: Glögg Traditional Swedish Holiday Drink at Aquavit

The holidays are a magical time of the year, however, the temperature drops in the Northern Hemisphere certainly leave many of us feeling a bit frightful. One of our favorite ways to warm up during winter months, is with hot cocktails and we are particularly fond of Glögg. The best way to describe this warm boozy treat is Sweden’s version of mulled wine that incorporates generous amounts of Aquavit spirit with nuts and dried fruit that are meant to be eaten.  At New York City’s Aquavit, Chef Emma Bengtsson serves her guests a traditional Glögg (pronounced like glug) and we highly recommend ordering it when you visit this two Michelin starred restaurant or try your hand at making it home.

Chef Emma Bengtsson shares of her homeland Sweden’s holiday drink, “Originally brewed to provide comfort and cure for many illnesses it is now only made during Christmas season from heavily guarded family recipes handed down to the next generation. There is no Swedish Christmas Holiday without curling up in front of a fireplace with a small cup of your newly made hot glögg and some gingersnap cookies.”  We say skål, sign us up for some glögg!

Glögg Recipe

  • 1 spice sachet (1/2 cup raisins, 2 dried figs, 3 cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 cloves, 1 star anise)
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 cup aquavit (could substitute for vodka)
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 orange, juiced and rind
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Place spice sachet in a large pot and add in all ingredients. Heat and let simmer for one hour. Ladle into a cup (3oz) and top with slivered almonds and raisins.

Aquavit Details

65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
aquavit.org | 212-307-7311 | @aquavitnyc

Our Best Stories Delivered Daily

Leave a Comment

Start typing and press Enter to search