“How do you survive Christmas? You drink a lot. And drink a lot, right. Drink a lot and drink a lot.”
Mulled wine and Christmas have become indelibly linked in our minds. Mention mulled wine, and everybody immediately thinks of Christmas and the ensuing crazy festivities. This Christmas drink has captured the imagination of people for over a century now and is still going strong.
The delectable aroma of traditional mulled wine is one of the best loved scents of Christmas, so much so that one can now even find Christmas mulled wine scented candles!
You are no doubt aware that every country has its own special concoction of this wonderful Christmas drink. The Germans have the Gluhwein and the Italians have Vin Brulè. However, the Swedish version of mulled wine is unparalleled and unique.
What makes it so extraordinary is the fact that the Swedes have taken particular care about the flavors. The hint of tropical spices is just enough to get one’s mouth watering.
Mulled wine is called glögg in Sweden and is the favorite Christmas drink pretty much all over the world. The glögg has a mixture of various tropical spices, and is one hellof an energy drink. Particularly, in Sweden where people have to be rather inventive to escape the drudgery of the brutal weather, this Christmas drink is just perfect to keep those spirits high. Swedes celebrate Christmas with gusto in an attempt to forget about the weather and any Christmas party is sure to serve a large amount of glögg, the quintessential Christmas drink. Here’s how you can attempt to make it yourself at home.
Mulled Wine or Glögg Recipe
5 cracked white cardamom pods
1 piece of cinnamon stick
1 tsp dried orange peel
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup Madeira
1 bottle red wine
Slowly heat all the ingredients in a stainless steel pan.
Make sure you don’t boil it. It should be warm so that you can swallow it. Strain and its ready to drink.
You could also let the spices steep into the drink overnight, this will give it a stronger flavor, as preferred by many people. Reheat when you want to drink it.
This traditional Christmas drink is truly extraordinary and drinking it gives one a sense of living in the 18th century what with the large mugs and ladles?