Thursday, December 21, 2006


It’s almost here! The holiday where the Nordic countries have a party to celebrate that the days are starting to get longer again. The north of Sweden doesn’t even see the sun for a few days during this season. So you KNOW we have to eat well and give presents just to make it through! And after the crusades, we are also celebrating that Jesus was born. But for you people out there who are not Christians or just don’t have a holiday at the end of December, you are welcome to celebrate winter-solstices with us.

I want to share with you all a recipe for the Swedish Christmas drink called Glögg. All December we have glögg-parties where you meet up and have a few cups of hot glögg and some ginger-snaps before you head out and on to the Christmas chores again. There are as many version of the recipe as there are families, so feel free to experiment!

Two 1/4 –inch-thick slices peeled fresh gingerroot
1 tablespoon cardamom pods
Three 3-inch cinnamon sticks
½ tablespoon whole allspice
Two 4- by ½-inch strips fresh orange zest
1 cup vodka
1 cup Ruby Port or Portuguese white Port (red traditionally)
Two 750-ml. bottles dry red or white wine (red traditionally)
1½ cups sugar

Blanched whole almonds
Golden raisins

With flat side of a large knife smash gingerroot and lightly crush cardamom pods. In a large bowl combine gingerroot, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, zest, and vodka. Let spice mixture stand, covered, at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.

Pour spice mixture through a sieve lined with a double thickness of cheesecloth into a kettle and stir in Port, wine and sugar.

Heat the glögg over moderately low heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and the glögg is warm (do not let boil!).

Ladle warm glögg into cups and add several almonds and a spoonful of raisins to each serving. Makes about 10 cups.

Big hugs and Merry Christmas, God Jul (or what ever you want to celebrate!) to all of you!
I hope Santa knows how nice you really are…


Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Asa, Big hugs and
A Merry Xmas to you too
May Santa fill your house with gifts, peace, good cheer and joy
And may warm light fill your days

3:11 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Glogg sounds great

We have to make do with sherry,
brandy or maybe cognac, whiskey
well Baileys is ok -
sometimes Southern Comfort
and Amoretto, love amoretto

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asa's recipie on her blog,
makes me want to make some Glogg.
Cinnamon sticks and orange zest,
This drink sounds like the best!

Have a happy Nordic Christmas!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Åsa said...

Quasar9: Merry Christmas and best wishes to you as well! Give Santa some amoretto – that’ll probably bump you up on the nice list ;- )

Amy: What a sweet little poem! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...


This is unusual. I don't ever recall not having ANY of the ingredients for a drink before. But I have none of the items necessary for glögg. Yes, this house will be a glögg-free zone for this holiday.

Please don't think less of me.

However, I do have a nice bottle of 12-year-old calvados, and I think I will raise a glass to you tonight.

Happy holidays!


5:34 PM  
Anonymous CreoleInDC said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS ASA! Thanks for the recipe!

8:01 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Merry Christmas!

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas Day!


12:40 PM  
Blogger samuru999 said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Asa!
Your recipe sounds so yummy!
Thanks for sharing it!

I just had a late Christmas present...
a lovely card, and letter from a longtime Danish friend of mine....with pics of her, and her family...she has not aged in 20
I love Christmas!


4:43 PM  
Blogger It's me said...

Merry Christmas Asa... and hope you have a very Happy New Year.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations with blog and glögg, this is nice reading, greetings JD

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

Hey Asa It's Kristin! Just read through you're blog I feel like I got to catch up with you! You look great! -Just like when we lived in Tahoe! Simon looks great too (for an old man). So I read about your 5-6 weeks vacation in SE (that's more than we get here!) so you have PLENTY of time to come down under! The weathers great here and you saw our pool in the photo... Chris might be coming in March does that entice you?

4:26 PM  
Blogger No_the_game said...

Happy Holidays ASA!

Drink sounds good too me. Let me see if i get ingredients I will try to taste it.


5:13 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Asa, best wishes for the final moments of this year, and much merriment, great joy and great cheer to see in the incoming Year

4:39 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Krecker said...

This recipe is delicious! What a wonderful gift, thank you!

Best to you and yours in the new year!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I don't think I'd be able to stand upright after one of these!

A belated Merry Christmas. And a Happy New Year!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Steff said...

Hmmm that sounds like an interesting drink. The holiday drink of choice here was hot apple cider with red hots, but I'm thinking we try this stuff next year.

Happy New Year!

7:01 AM  
Blogger mal said...

I made it! Its very good. *S* I cheated though and chopped the Ginger.

We live on the 45th parallel and although we never completely lose the sun, the days do get short and I appreciate the lengthening of days after the solstice.

A piece of trivia for you. In order to make pagan conversions easier it seems the early catholic church moved the celebration of Christs birth to coincide with pagan Solstice celebrations. *L*

The Best to you in the coming New Year

7:41 AM  
Blogger Åsa said...

Balloon Pirate: What a coincident! I bought a bottle of Calvados to spike my glögg cause I thought it was the same thing as Brandy… se how educated I am! I will instead toast with my Calvados for you then.

May the rest of 2007 be fantastic!

CreoleInDC: Hope you get to try the recipe some time!

Have a super 2007!

Greg: Christmas Eve is when Swedes celebrate Christmas, but thank you and I did have a nice Day as well.

Make 2007 a really happy year now!

Margie: The Nordic weather does preserve our skin you know ;- ) and besides: I’m sure you haven’t aged either.

Keep your good spirit up all of 2007 as well!

Bat Man/it’s me: Thanks and I hope you will have a super year as well. Maybe with a new job?!

JD: Thank you!

May you be surrounded by more beautiful women in 2007!

Kristin: You gorgeous woman you! We do have to catch up. For me it’s not the vacation time that is the bottleneck – it never is for a Swede! Chris coming is enticing (did that sound strange?!) – I’ll look into the possibilities ;- )

Make 2007 a fabulous year!

No the game: Hope you tried some glögg and that 2007 will send good loving your way!

Quasar9: Thanks for the wishes! May your 2007 be incredible!

Elizabeth: Hope you tried the glögg and that 2007 will bring you lots more of your writing inspiration!

Dan: The glögg does fog-up your glasses – that’s for sure! May 2007 bring you lots of gifts!

Steff: Some of the ingredients are the same as in hot apple cider I think: give it a try!

Best wishes for the rest of 2007!

Mal: I’m so glad you tried it! It’s sold already made in stores here, so we don’t have to bother with the ginger…

Thanks for the pagan information! I collect knowledge like that :- )

Have an extraordinary and sporty 2007: beat the odds!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Diane Mandy said...

Belated Happy New Year. I'll be trying the the Glogg. It sounds yummy!

5:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Asa, there must have been something good at the top of the tree - you seem frozen in this post, in time or in awe!

10:36 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Hi Asa! Sorry I haven't been around in a bit- been sick for the past three weeks. I just came to say hello and ask if you would ship that drink to me overnight.



3:04 AM  
Blogger Åsa said...

Diane Mandy: Happy wishes for your 2007 as well! I do hope you’ll try the glögg – it’s different and very good. You’re supposed to just sip it – so serve it hot.

Quasar9 my dear, thanks for your concern. You KNOW there’s something good at the top of my tree! I usually just post twice a month, but thanks for checking in more often :- ) I do read all your guys’es blogs however – even if I don’t have anything to post myself.

Deb: I can’t believe you’re still sick! All the different nurses you had to care for you ;- ) I’ll send you some glögg (where do you want it delivered?!)– that should perk you right-up! Take care of yourself girl – Blogland needs you.

7:37 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Asa, That Star on top of that tree really got your attention
Or is it too much Glogg no time to blog?

11:23 AM  

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