As Christmas Day gets closer, we’re making drinks that will warm us up and get us in the mood for the holiday season. Our new favorite winter cocktail is a traditional Scandinavian drink called glogg. The word glogg literally means warming or glowing and this drink is sure to make your cheeks glows. Make a batch of glogg tonight or save it for Christmas Eve.



1 cup Aquavit (brandy or vodka can be used instead)

2 cups burgundy wine

2 cups port wine


½ cup white sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

6 cardamom seeds

1 orange

1 piece of ginger

Blanched almonds


Soak raisins in one cup of aquavit. Soak for 30 minutes. Put a large pot on the stove, over high heat. Add one cup of water and sugar to the pot, and stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved.


Lower the heat to medium and add your spices – two sticks of cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom seeds (crushed), a thinly shaved orange peel and one small piece of ginger (peeled and cut). Stir. Do not allow the mix to come to a boil from this point on. Add the aquavit-raisin mixture, two cups of burgundy or Pinot Noir and two cups of port wine.


Strain, garnish with raisins and slices of blanched almonds — and serve hot off the stove.