Icelandic Mulled Wine (Glögg)

Glögg is a hot mulled wine made with sugar, spices, sometimes liquor, and more. It’s a wintertime favorite in much of Scandinavia and the Nordic region, where its zesty fragrance drifts through Christmas markets and lingers inside many snow-covered homes. Early iterations of glögg can be traced back to 17th century Scandinavia. Today, glögg is made more simply by dissolving the sugar into directly into the wine along with spices and flavorings. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, and orange are all classic ingredients.

Scandinavian Mulled Wine - Glögg

Glögg- Scandinavian Mulled Wine

Scandinavians love the spiced warm wine called Glögg. It makes so much sense when one considers how a nice warm, boozy beverage can appeal to those in a region close to arctic circle with some of the longest, coldest, and darkest winters on the planet.
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Course: Brunch, Drinks
Cuisine: Iceland, North Western European, Scandanavian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 `cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • 1⅓ cup Water
  • cup Sugar
  • 1 medium Cinnamon stick (Sub: 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 tsp Clove
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tbsp Icelandic Brennivin (Sub: vodka)
  • ¼ `cup Port wine
  • 1 tbsp Dark rum
  • ½ cup Orange juice, no pulp
  • 1 Bottle red wine
  • Dried cranberries, for garnish


  • Add everything liquid to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add sugar, ⅓ at a time. Mix well to dissolve all the sugar. Strain into a glass measuring cup.
  • To serve, combine 1⅓ syrup with wine in the saucepan. Heat thorough and top with cranberries.


Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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