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Glögg is Swedish spiced wine punch. My grandfather brought this recipe over from Sweden in 1921. We still use it today. "God Jul!"


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 45 mins
7 750-milliliter bottles


Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat port wine in a large stockpot with a lid over medium heat until just below the simmering point. Add bourbon and rum; heat until just below simmering. Save the bottles and their caps for storing leftover glögg.

  • Meanwhile, place cinnamon stick, orange peel, cloves, and cardamom in the center of the square of cheesecloth. Gather edges of the cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine to secure; set aside.

  • When wine mixture is very hot but not boiling, carefully light it with a long-handled match. Wearing a heatproof cooking mitt, carefully pour sugar into the flames; let the mixture burn for 1 minute. Place the lid on the stockpot to extinguish the flames, and turn off the heat. Let mixture cool, covered, for about 10 minutes; add the cheesecloth bundle of spices, raisins, and almonds to warm wine mixture; let it cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  • Strain cooled glögg and reserve the raisins and almonds.

  • To serve: Pour glögg into a saucepan and warm over low-medium heat until hot but not simmering, about 5 minutes. Ladle 3 ounces of warmed glögg into a small coffee cup or small Swedish-style glogg mug, and garnish each serving with a few reserved raisins and almonds.


Use an ordinary port wine for this recipe, because the strong-flavored spices and other ingredients will overwhelm an expensive wine.

To Store:

Pour strained glögg into the reserved bottles, recap, and keep upright in a cool dark place for up to 1 year. Refrigerate the steeped raisins and almonds in a covered bowl or jar for up to 1 year.

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; protein 0.9g; carbohydrates 10.4g; fat 1.5g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4.4mg. Full Nutrition