This recipe is adapted from the Swedish side of my family’s cookbook. Glögg, pronounced like glug, is powerful stuff. A drink that warms the soul on cold winter nights (or days depending on your drinking habits), it’s what I would call a mulled wine/Scandinavian Long Island Iced Tea. There are a number of variations, but this particular recipe is made with red wine, rum, bourbon, brandy, warm spices and some fruit. The warm liquid raises the temperature of the mouth and stomach, and pushes blood to the surface of the skin temporarily giving you a warm feeling.
You don’t have to purchase expensive wines and spirits for this drink. The robust spices will overpower any subtle notes that more costly drinks contain. Something inexpensive, but not cheap is the way to go. When the pot of glögg is warming on the stove, make sure the contents do not boil – boiling will quickly dissipate the alcohol. Speaking of alcohol content, this stuff is high-octane, but it doesn’t taste like it – so be careful! I don’t call it the Swedish Long Island Iced Tea for nothing!