I love December and the good and warm feeling of Christmas.
The obvious beverage during this cold and snowy month in Sweden is Glögg which is also known as mulled wine, vin chaud or glühwine in other parts of Europe.
It is basically a warm, spiced wine. The variations are as many as people making it but here comes my own recipe;
750ml of fruity red wine
3 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp cardamom
2 tsp dried ginger
6 black peppercorns
2 bitter orange peels
7 tbsp brown sugar
100ml concentrated black currant juice
100ml spirit (vodka, cognac, rum or whiskey)
Place all the spices and the sugar with 200ml of the wine in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Immediately remove the drink from the stove to avoid the alcohol from evaporate and add the rest of the wine plus the spirit and the concentrated black currant juice.
When cooled down, place the sauce pan in the fridge to let the spices infuse in the liquid for a night or two. Strain away all the seasoning.
Place a few raisins and almonds in small, espresso-sized cup before you top up the warm drink.
Served with ginger bread cookies, I'm sure this will warm up your body and get you in a great Christmas mood.