Gløgg – The Traditional Scandinavian Mulled Wine

Gløgg (also alternatively spelled as ‘glögg’ in Swedish and Icelandic) is a traditional type of mulled wine made and served in Scandinavia. As such, it is tremendously popular in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, especially throughout the Christmas holidays.

Mulled wine prepared in a pot with lemons and cinnamon. Image source:

There are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of gløgg, with or without various fruit flavours, that are produced and enjoyed in the Nordic countries, including Iceland, Finland, and Estonia. In Finland and Estonia, this traditional beverage is known as ‘glögi’.

The principal ingredients used for making this type of mulled wine are sugar, red wine, cinnamon (or other spices such as cardamom), ginger, or bitter lemon or orange. The aforementioned ingredients are then added in a pot and boiled under a temperature ranging from 60 to 70 °C. Additionally, in the process of making gløgg aquavit (or schanps) is also preferred in the mix of ingredients.

Mulled wine is also served in pubs or bars in Scandinavia but can be also bought from most grocery shops. Image source:

Gløgg can be either home made or purchased at most grocery stories in Denmark, Norway, or Sweden under a variety of recipes and flavours. Along the Christmas season, this Scandinavian type of mulled wine can be served along with ginger biscuits or raisins.

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