Everyone wants Glögg
You’re gonna love it, Glögg
Come on and get your Glögg
Everyone needs Glögg
Glögg Glögg Glögg
Wait, what exactly is it? Well the bottle shown to your left is a non-alcoholic concentrate mix of a Scandinavian winter drink that has warmed the bellies of vikings for generations. The original glögg is made with a mulled wine and other spices such as cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, cloves, and cardamom seeds. However with this fun mix you get to decide how you want to spice it up.
When I was in Japan, I enjoyed their version of a winter warmer holiday drink Amazake and while spending time with my family a traveling aunt of mine pulled out a bottle of this for me to try. Well in fact she gave me this with a bottle of merlot, her recommendation was a cheap bottle of merlot and mix it with the Glögg and heat it up, and that is just what I did.
There are a few variations that are recommended on the bottle, you can use a merlot, vodka, rum or water. The mix is 1:1, meaning one to one so for every one part of Glögg you put in you match it with an equal part of merlot/vodka/rum/water. Simple enough, you wouldn’t want to make it too complicated while drinking. After you mix up the Glögg with your choice of alcohol, and hopefully not water…shame shame, you need to heat it up, now if you are a viking you can use the large camp fire that you use to cook your polar bears but for the average joe a stove top or microwave will do.
I mixed up the Glögg with both vodka and Merlot, unfortunately I had every variety of alcohol except rum, minus coconut rum which didn’t sound like too good of an option. The Merlot gave the Glögg a nice rich flavoring, it fed off the sweetness but I thought toned it down with the Merlot’s natural bitterness to combat the Glögg over sweetness. Overall it gave it a deep character that everyone seemed to like. The vodka however gave it a kick, this was more for doing shots than sipping. It was good but the strong cinnamon and vodka heated vapors were a bit much to stick my nose in the steamy cup without having to cough. My aunt told me that with the rum it became too sweet of a drink so I’m thinking Merlot is the way to go.
Have you ever tried this holiday drink? I liked it and recommend everyone try a few local winter spirits to keep you warm during these cold months.
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