Have a Merry Scandinavian Christmas (with Glögg)

Have a Merry Scandinavian Christmas (with Glögg)Bored with turkey and trimmings?

A Swedish Christmas may just be the change you’ve wanted.

IKEA has just about everything you need to host a party: meatballs, salmon, all sorts of cheeses, finger foods and even a spiced red wine base to make Glögg, a traditional Scandinavian spiced alcoholic drink, usually served hot.

Try this Glögg recipe for your next Christmas party:


  • 1 bottle of red wine (inexpensive)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup (50 ml – 100 ml) vodka (optional)
  • 5 – 20 whole cloves
  • 1 large teaspoonful cardamom seeds
  • 2 – 4 pieces (sticks) cinnamon
  • 1 – 2 pieces ginger
  • Peel from half a lemon
  • 1/2 – 1 cup (125 – 250 ml) sugar
  • 1 large teaspoonful vanilla sugar

Crush the cinnamon and cardamom. Peel the lemon. Put all the spices and peel into a glass jar with the vodka.

Cover. Leave overnight. Strain the vodka, discard the spices.

Mix the spiced vodka with the wine and sugar.

Heat all the ingredients in a large saucepan until steaming hot. Do not boil! Stir and taste.

If not sweet enough, add more sugar. If too sweet, add more wine.

Source: theworldwidegourmet.com via Apartment Therapy

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