Glögg, a holiday staple in Sweden, is served from the beginning of December and on through the New Year. It's delicious and warms you from the inside out. Perfect to ward off the chill of winter. It's made of red wine, port and spices and is served hot in tiny cups. Traditionally this spicy drink is served with raisins and almond, along with gingerbread cookies and saffron buns. Totally yum! It wouldn't be Christmas without it. I have heard that Swedes consume about 7 million liters of glögg each year...and I believe it!
1 bottle of red wine, Malbec or Merlot
1 1/4 cups good port
1 cinnamon stick
8 whole cloves
1 tbsp whole cardamom pods
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 dried orange peels, if desired
almonds and raisins
Mix all ingredients, except almonds and raisins, in a large pot. Heat until steam rises from liquid, stirring until sugar dissolves.