Nordic Glögg - Hot Mulled Wine

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"Whenever I think of mulled wine, I think of Clarence (Angel Second Class) from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". This particular recipe is of Nordic descent and I wonder if the mulled wine that Clarence ordered at Josepe Martini's bar involved the same ingredients as given here.......I BET IT DID! And as Clarence said..."I was just thinking of a flaming rum punch. No, it's not cold enough for that. Not nearly cold enough...Wait a minute...wait a minute...Mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves. Off with you, me lad, and be lively!" The Scandanavian's call mulled wine Glögg and it is an essential part of Christmas all over Scandinavia. What's wonderful is that it’s so very easy to make glögg at home. You can reduce or increase the sugar to your liking – and play around with adding and taking some spices away to make your own signature mulled wine. Nordic glögg and German Glühwein date back as far as the 15th century and that's a long time!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (423.6 g)
  • Calories 144.3
  • Total Fat - 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 41.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 30.8 g
  • Protein - 3.6 g
  • Calcium - 65 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 51.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Pour the wine into a pan, add the spices and heat to around 80C/176F, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Step 2

Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for at least an hour.

Step 3

Strain the mixture and return the mulled wine to the bottle - use a funnel to make life easier for yourself. The wine can be kept for around a week.

Step 4

To serve, pour the wine into a saucepan and heat it.

Step 5

Place a few flaked almonds and raisins in the bottom of your serving cups, and pour the glögg over the mixture.

Step 6

If you want to give your glögg a kick, add a splash of either vodka, aquavit, rum or cognac just after you’ve reheated the wine.

Step 7

*NOTE # 1: You can reduce or increase the sugar to your liking – and you can play around with adding and decreasing some spices to make your own signature mulled wine.*

NOTE # 2: It is not necessary to use an expensive wine, but using a relatively cheap bottle is fine because no one will notice, as it is masked by the sweetness and spices.

Tips & Variations

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