Gløgg, Glüwein, Mulled Wine

Gløgg, glüwein, mulled wine – the names and languages are different but not the results. Orange, cinnamon and cloves steep in red wine fortified with a reduction of port wine spiked with Cointreau. Goodness, if this isn’t enough to get you fired up for the holiday season, then I’m not sure what will.


There are many pre-made mixes for gløgg, but the best way to make it is from scratch. It’s easy to do and requires an inexpensive dry red wine.  When you make the gløgg, the aroma of simmering spices and wine will fill your home with winter cheer. Best served in front of a fire on a cold and snowy day.

Serves 8-10 friends.

For the garnish:
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup Cointreau or rum
1/2 cup whole almonds

For the gløgg:
1 1/2 cups Port wine
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup Cointreau or Gran Marnier
1/3 cup brown sugar
zest of 2 oranges, cut in strips
10 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bottles dry red wine

Fresh orange slices

Prepare the garnish:
Combine the raisins and Cointreau in a small bowl. Let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours. (Raisins may be prepared up to one week in advance.  Cover and refrigerate until use.)
Toast the almonds in a dry skillet on the stove. Remove from heat and coarsely chop in large pieces.

Prepare the gløgg:
Combine all the ingredients except the 2 bottles of red wine in a heavy large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until reduced to 2 cups, 12-15 minutes. Add red wine and warm over low heat with the lid on the pot. Do not boil. To serve, add a spoonful each of raisins and almonds to a glass or mug.  Strain gløgg into glass.  Garnish with fresh orange slices.

18 responses to “Gløgg, Glüwein, Mulled Wine

  1. Yum. Chilly here right now – where is my glass? Happy Christmas –

  2. Oh how I adore glogg! Can’t wait to try your recipe. These photos are stunning!

  3. I would love a cup of this tonight while I’m snuggled up reading your blog! I prefer “Glogg”.. sounds kind of nordic…

  4. That sounds so wonderful…. If I had a little higher tolerance for alcohol, I would definitely be making it, but I am SUCH a wimp, probably just looking at a glass I’d get all toasted 😉

  5. Oh I love the inclusion of orange liqueur. Wonderful recipe and photos.

  6. I’ve never heard of glogg, but it definitely looks great! Perfectly warming and cozy for this time of year!!

  7. Delicious! That is a festive drink I adore, but it never fails to make me sleep so I have to drink it before I go to bed… ;-P



  8. this is much nicer than my tired old recipe, i do look forward to making it! c

  9. I have always enjoyed mulled wine. Love your version a great deal and from calling it Glogg. Best name ever. Thanks for posting such a great recipe.

  10. The glogg sounds absolutely mouth watering. I simply adore mulled wine and it’s certainly the season for it. I’ve never had it with the raisins and almonds, it does sound intriguing.

  11. I adore this lovely glogg. Happy Holidays Lynda!!!

  12. This sounds delish- perfect for a cold night like tonight!

  13. Uhmm Gløgg, You can´t have a real danish Christmas without a good glass of hot and spicy gløgg. It lights up The Nordic dark wintertime.

  14. A totally festive drink that reminds me of all of our Christmas visits to Germany.

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