November marks the beginning of the glögg season. The spiced mulled drink is traditionally based on red wine but an extra local version is made with seasonal winter apple juice.
You can buy ready made glögg mixes, but homemade version is easy to make and you can adjust the spices and sweetness according to your taste. If you are hosting a party and want to serve glögg, you can prepare the base before hand and just reheat it before serving. If your fridge has little space, use just half of the juice to infuse the spices in and mix the other half to it when serving – this way you can pack the ready made mixture to a smaller container. As this glögg is based on apple juice, you can serve it as a non alcoholic drink or mix it with gin, akvavit or apple brandy.
Homemade glögg is also a perfect gift for the host of pre christmas parties: prepare it before hand and pack into a beautiful bottle with instructions of serving.
Nordic Apple & Rosemary Glögg 5-6 portions
1l cloudy apple juice
4 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
10 pink peppercorns
10 cardamom seeds
2 bay leafs
2 rosemary twigs (5cm long)
(2 tbs honey, depends on the taste of the juice)
Mix the juice and spices except the rosemary in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Let simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes. Add rosemary, and honey if the juice needs sweetening. Cool down and infuse for at least 12 hours. Strain, bottle and store in cold.
To serve, warm up the Apple & Rosemary Glögg and add 2cl of gin, apple brandy or akvavit per portion. You can also serve the drink non alcoholic. Garnish with a rosemary twig.
This Apple & Rosemary Glögg also works as a cold aperitif
Mix the cold spiced juice and gin in champagne glass and top up with sparkling wine. You can start with 2cl of juice and 2cl of gin and adjust according to your taste. Garnish with rosemary twig.