The glogg recipe below is courtesy of friend Lyn Ehley and is a drink made in heaven for my ghostly Viking, Ingvar, from Wytchfae Runes. Check out the movie character who helped to inspire Ingvar, namely Guthrum the Dane as portrayed by Michael York. My husband and I used to watch the movie every time it came on, him for the Viking versus Saxon fight scenes, and me to see Guthrum in action one more time.
SCANDINAVIAN GLOGG (GLUG)
1 BOTTLE APPLE JUICE OR CIDER
1 BOTTLE PORT WINE
1 CUP WHISKEY (CAN BE BOURBON IF DESIRED)
½ CUP SHERRY
2 CUPS RAISINS
2 ORANGES SLICES
4 CINNAMON STICKS
15 CARDAMON SEEDS
¼ CUP CHOPPED ALMONDS
Pour juice and wine in large pan. Add whiskey and sherry. Put almonds, cardamon and cloves in cheesecloth, Tie tightly and lower into mixture. (if cheesecloth unavailable, put in tea ball) Bring to boil. Turn down to medium low heat. Add cinnamon sticks, raisins and orange slices. Simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. Remove spices including cinnamon sticks. Serve cold or hot. We always preferred hot after being out in the snow. Beachside, you may want to pour over ice and “Skoal!”
Although I’ve never personally made glogg, I hope to do so for a family celebration once the cold winter weather sets in. Today is our anniversary (Happy Anniversary, Ronnie!), but it’s not quite cold enough yet, and I want the hot version, not the beach version. Maybe the weather will call for glogg as we honor my beloved husband’s birthday in mid January!
Thanks, Lyn, for sharing your recipe! Skoal!