How to make spiced Akvavit glogg


The best moments come from holiday traditions with your friends and family.  One of our favorite ways to start the holiday season is light the advent candle every Sunday in December and drink a glass of glogg!  Nothing more cozier than a house filled with rich, spicy aromas that’s warm & welcoming as the drink itself!  We hope this glogg recipe you will enjoy as much as we have.

Click on our YouTube video
 to see how we prepare this delicious holiday drink!

Spiced Wine Ingredients:

  • two cups of Pinot Noir wine
  • two cups of Port wine
  • a couple pieces of crystallized ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 cardamon seeds
  • aprox. 5 cloves inserted into an orange

Akvavit mixture Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cup (or stronger one cup) of Akvavit 
  • 1/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped figs
  • 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds  

Simple Syrup Ingredients:

  • one cup of water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Rimming Glass Ingredients:

  • one lemon wedge
  • green sugar

Kitchen Utensils:

  • large pot
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • wooden spoon
  • clear glasses

Step1:Make Spiced Wine
In a large pot, add two cups of pinot noir, two cups of port, a couple of crystallized ginger, 1 cinnamon stick, 10 cardamon seeds, and aprox 5 cloves inserted into an orange.  Let the pot simmer over the stove for about 45 minutes over medium heat. Do not allow the spiced wine to come to a boil.

step 2: Soak the yummy ingredients
Pour 1/2 a cup of aquavit (vodka can be used instead if you don’t have Akvavit) in a large bowl.  Add chopped figs, golden raisins, regular raisins, and blanched sliced almonds in a large bowl. If you love more almonds, raisins, or figs add more!  Soak everything for 30 minutes before Step 3.

Step 3: Rimming the glass

This option is super easy to do and will really make your drink presentation sparkle to your guests.  Rimming a glass bowl can add an extra decorative touch and an additional flavor to your glogg.

  1. Wet the outside rim of the glass bowl with a fresh lemon wedge.
  2. Turn the glass upside down.  Hold the glass parallel to the table.
  3. Dab the rim into either salt or sugar while slowly turning the glass so that only the outer edge is covered.
  4. Shake off any excess salt or sugar over a sink or wastebasket.
  5. Fill the glass with your mixed cocktail and garnish.

Tip: You can prepare rimming the glass bowl in advance and have the rimmed glass in the refrigerator.  That way the sugar will harden on the rim of the glass. 

Step 4: Make a simple syrup
Place a large pot on the stove, over high heat. Add one cup of water and 1/2 cup sugar to the pot, and stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Step 5: Combine Everything
Lower the simple syrup to medium heat. Next add the aquavit mixture and stir. Then add the spiced wine and stir again with a wooden spoon. Be careful not to boil the mixture; just let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

Step 6: Serve warm 
When ready to serve, remove the cardamon seeds from the pot.  You can leave the orange in the pot  for the citrus flavor.  

We suggest to serve the glogg into a clear glass or clear mug that has been rimmed. 

Make sure to scoop out some of the yummy goodies into each glass.  Add a cinnamon stick into each glass which is great for stirring.  Also give each guest a spoon as they might want to eat some of the goodies in the glass too.

The drink can be made a day ahead and kept covered, on the stove, at room temperature. Just reheat before serving.


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