Swedish Christmas Glogg


Glogg is warm served during the Christmas holidays in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, as it is sweet, spicy, and warming. This is the adult version of the drink, so don't serve it to the kids! Garnish drinks with raisins and slivered almonds. Serve warm with gingerbread cookies.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
15 servings


  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles fruity red wine, such as Beaujolais

  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle port wine

  • 3 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 14 whole cloves

  • 1 orange, peel cut into thin strips

  • 1 cup white sugar, or to taste

  • ¾ cup rum, or to taste

  • ¼ cup brandy, or to taste

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 cup slivered almonds


  1. Gently simmer the red wine, port wine, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and orange peel in a large pot set over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar, rum, and brandy. Continue simmering 5 minutes more, stirring to completely dissolve the sugar, and the mixture is steaming but not boiling.

  2. Mix the raisins and almonds together in a bowl.

  3. To serve, ladle into coffee cups or Swedish-style small glass or ceramic mugs. Garnish each cup with a spoonful of the raisin and almond mixture.

    close up view of Swedish Christmas Glogg cocktails with cinnamon sticks in glasses
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