🇩🇰 Denmark: Gløgg

This warm Danish brew is the quintessential drink for cold winter nights. Make sure to set aside plenty of time for it to properly soak—and plenty of time for you to enjoy a cup.

“Christmas is the perfect time for hygge and nothing brings people together like a warm glass of homemade ‘gløgg’. In Denmark, we have dark and cold winters, which is why spiced mulled wine – gløgg – is a favourite of mine. Danes often enjoy the warm drink together with pancake puffs (æbleskiver).”


🇩🇰 Denmark: Gløgg

Servings 6 Cups
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr


For the Goodies

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup almonds chopped
  • 1 cup port wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the Drink

  • 1 ½ tbsp cardamom
  • 1-2 oranges sliced (hint: pop the star anise into the oranges for a pretty look!)
  • 12 star anise
  • 12 cloves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier or orange liqueur
  • 6 cinnamon sticks for serving


Day 1: Make the Goodies

  • Combine port, sugar, water, almonds and raisins in a pot and heat about five minutes or until sugar dissolves (do not boil).
  • Cover and let sit in refrigerator overnight, or up to 2 days.

Day 2: Make the Drink and Combine!

  • Combine cardamom, orange slices, star anise, cloves, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, honey, and red wine in a large pot. Heat to a simmer, but do not boil. Cover at a low simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove the raisins and almonds from the port/water mixture, and place them into six separate cups. Add the Grand Marnier to the wine mixture, stir to combine, and strain the mixture into the cups. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!
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