Red Lodge, Montana


Glögg is a traditional Swedish spiked, hot wine, which is steeped with nuts, raisins, and fabulous wintertime spices. As children, we always gathered in the kitchen to watch the grown-ups make a large pot during our holiday get-togethers. This is the recipe from my great grandparents, who were both born and married in Sweden.



  • 1 bottle Aquavit (or other high quality potato vodka)
  • 1 bottle of Burgundy or Pinot Noir
  • 1 bottle of port
  • 1/2 of cup raisins
  • slivered almonds
  • cinnamon sticks, broken into large chunks
  • whole cloves
  • cardamom seeds
  • sugar
  • 1 orange rind, thinly peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 (2 inch) chunk of fresh ginger, grated


  1. Toast the almonds, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and crushed cardamom in a cast iron pan on the stovetop.
  2. Soak the raisins and spices in 2 cups of Aquavit for half an hour.
  3. While the goodies are soaking, make a simple syrup by dissolving 1/2 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water in a large stockpot, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Lower heat.
  4. Add the Aquavit mixture, wine, and port. Add the orange rind and the grated ginger, simmer gently. Do not allow to boil!

Serve warm, with a spoon in the glass.

Be sure to include some of the goodies from the bottom of the pan in each cup. And watch the youngsters! I hear they like to sneak into the kitchen to taste the nuts and raisins.

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