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Glögg is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries. Non-alcoholic glögg can be bought ready-made or prepared with fruit juices instead of wine. The main classic ingredients are red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and bitter orange, and optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit or brandy. In Norway and Sweden, glögg spice extract and ready-mixed spices can be purchased in grocery stores. When preparing home-made glögg using spices, the hot mixture is allowed to infuse for at least an hour, often longer, and then reheated before serving. In Sweden, ready-made wine glögg is normally sold at Systembolaget ready to heat and serve, and not in concentrate or extract form. Glögg is generally served with raisins, blanched almonds and Ginger biscuits (Ginger Snaps), and is a popular hot drink during the Christmas season.

All over Scandinavia, 'glögg parties' are often held during the month before Christmas. In Denmark, gløgg parties typically include æbleskiver sprinkled with powdered sugar and accompanied with strawberry marmalade. In Norway, gløgg parties with gløgg and rice pudding are common. In such cases, the word graut-/grøtfest is more precise, taking the name from the rice pudding which is served as a course. Typically, the gløgg is drunk before eating the rice pudding, which is often served with cold, red cordial (saus).


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Mulled Wine, en.wikipedia.org

Glogg , recipes.wikia.com

Glögg Recipe from Scandinavia , goscandinavia.about.com