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Mattias Hagglund’s Glögg


1 750 ml bottle fruity red wine

1 750 ml bottle spicy, but not super tannic red

Zest of 2 oranges

Zest of 2 blood oranges

Zest of 1 lemon

12 cinnamon sticks, toasted

20 whole cloves, toasted

Seeds of 12-15 cardamom pods, lightly toasted

Turbinado sugar to taste

½ bottle (375 ml) vodka

½ bottle (375 ml) Aalborg aquavit

Almonds for garnish

Raisins for garnish


  1. Combine wine and toasted spices in a pot. Add zest and set over medium heat.
  2. Simmer 7-10 minutes, then let sit until spice level fits your taste.
  3. Add sugar to taste and when dissolved take off heat and strain through cheesecloth.
  4. Mix in vodka and aquavit.
  5. Pour into heat-safe glasses with almonds and raisins at bottom.