Our recipe for traditional Danish gløgg wine

09 Nov 2018


Here's our recipe for how to make a traditional Danish Gløgg wine

When it's cold and dark outside, we make the most of it with our great recipe for Gløgg! This equivalent of mulled hot wine is a great winter warmer and is so easy to make! But you do need an hour or two to let it simmer along, so not one to make if you're in a rush (then you can just buy it from one of the many places in Copenhagen). So get cosy, get some friends round, and enjoy some homemade traditional gløgg!

How to make a traditional Danish Glugg wine

This festive drink is always associated with Christmas, but you can drink it as soon as you like! Traditionally it is made as a winter warmer on a cold day, and we borrowed the drink from our Swedish neighbours, this mulled wine is now a Christmas favourite in Denmark.

There are a variety of ways to make it, and you can make it more like the Germans with snaps, or British with brandy, or French with cognac. You can also make a grape version (without the wine and port) that is children friendly that tastes just as good, so it's easy to enjoy this great taste without getting tipsy.

How to make a traditional Danish Glugg wine

Recipe for Gløgg

This is the traditional version of the recipe, but you can add some more raisins if you have a sweet tooth, but don't add too many cloves! you can add a little more brandy at the end if you wanted something stronger. 

1 bottle of red wine 

1 cup of white port wine

1 or 2 sticks of cinnamon

6-8 cloves

1 tablespoon or cardamom pods

5 pieces of crystalised ginger

Half a cup of brown sugar

1 cup of raisins

A few almond slices

How to make a traditional Danish Glugg wine


How to Make it

This delicious recipe needs a couple of hours to really get going on low heat, so put your feet up and get ready to enjoy it after a while!

Add your spices in the pot along with the ginger and sugar, then add the port and wine. You have to keep it on low heat as it’s not supposed to boil! 

After a while of simmering nicely, use a sieve to take out the cinnamon sticks and cloves and spices, then add your raisins and almonds and serve warm! 

The best gløgg you will taste in Denmark is at the bar at Copenhagen Downtown Hostel, so we look forward to you coming and giving it a try!!  Glædelig Jul!

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