Saturday, 21 December 2019

How to make Glögi - Estonian mulled wine

A favourite drink at Christmas time is of course mulled wine. The hot beverage is known by many names in different countries, in Estonia it's glögi, Scandinavians call it glögg and for German speakers it's known as Glühwein. Although glögi and Glühwein are similar in nature, there are two major differences between the drinks. Glögi has a stronger alcohol content compared to Glühwein and water is not added to the mix when it is made.

If you have tried glögi while you have been in Estonia and would like to try making it for yourself, here is an easy recipe for you to follow. Glögi is a traditional Estonian Christmas drink that is wonderfully delicious and will indeed get you feeling merry!

Glögi recipe

One bottle (750ml) sweet red wine
100ml spirit (vodka, rum, brandy or whisky)
8 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange (squeezed plus zest)
1 lemon (squeezed plus zest)
3 slices fresh ginger
Cardamom seeds from two pods
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
10 tbsp almonds
10 tbsp raisins

In a large saucepan pour the wine, orange and lemon juice then add the cloves, cardamom seeds, ginger, cinnamon, nutneg and sugar. Add your spirit of choice then mix in a bit of citrus zest. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes to allow the sugar to disolve and flavours to blend together in the wine. Do not boil otherwise the alcohol will evaporate. Place almonds and raisins in each mug. To serve, strain the mix and pour over the almonds and raisins. Ensure you have a spoon at hand to scoop them up at the end.