I know, I know, I was planning to put my feet up today, I was done with all my Christmas posts. But plans are made to be changed, aren’t they 😉
As I was whipping up a batch of this wonderful, soul-warming drink today for the three of us, the house smelled so festive, and the drink tasted so good, that I simply had to share it!
Gløgg is the Danish version of mulled wine. It is made with red wine with all sorts of lovely spices added to it. No Christmas is complete unless countless glasses of Gløgg are consumed, at work, at home, at Christmas Markets and in Tivoli, of course
Gløgg is served warm with dried cranberries and almond slivers added to it and if you are particularly naughty, a large splash of sherry, brandy or rum can also be added. It is the quintessential drink for the cold Scandinavian winter.
I decided to be nice and not naughty this year and made a non-alcoholic version that the munchkin could also enjoy Hence this amazing Æblegløgg! A mulled drink made with unfiltered apple juice (called Æblemost here).
It has all the gorgeous spices of traditional gløgg, is super-healthy and is just perfect to enjoy at Christmas time with the whole family. Serve it with a piece of your Christmas Cake and enjoy a cosy Christmas, Danish-style.
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- 1 liter Apple Juice (if you can find unfiltered juice or make it at home, even better)
- 1 Apple, cut into pieces or slices
- 2 inch piece Cinnamon
- 2 Cardamom pods
- 3 Cloves
- 3 Star Anise
- 5 Black Peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon grated Ginger
- Almond Slivers
- Dried Cranberries
- In a large saucepan, bring together the apple juice, the spices and the apple pieces.
- Heat the juice till it just starts to boil.
- Take off the heat, cover with a lid and set aside to infuse for an hour.
- Strain the spices and apple pieces from the juice.
- Put the juice back into a saucepan and warm till it starts to steam.
- Pour into heat-proof glasses or cups, add almond slivers and cranberries and serve warm.
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