It’s December! That means gløgg, sugar cookies, home made marzipan and all sorts of wonderful seasonal things. The evenings are dark, the weather is constantly getting colder and to be honest I can’t wait for the days to get longer again, because this darkness is having such a huge impact on my body. I feel tires and uninspired, but when January comes and the light is increasing every single day it will all be lighter. Until then, the only way of turning things around is to make it koselig. And gløgg will definitely help with that, so I wanted to share this little recipe with you. It’s without alcohol, to give you that weekday alternative for when you don’t really feel like wine, and is packed with delicious spices that will give your mood a little kick.
Cinnamon and cloves gives the gløgg the most delicious spicy flavour, and it really resembles the taste of ginger bread cookies. Lovely!
TO MAKE GLØGG FOR YOURSELF AND A FRIEND YOU’LL NEED
1,5dl red berry extract (you can use elderflower if you want white gløgg)
A tiny handful of berries, frozen or fresh
1 organic lemon, zest and juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
Seeds from half a vanilla pod
1 tablespoon honey or dark brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
I like my gløgg without the almond and raisin topping, but if you want to add a little something to chew on, the magic combination is one part raisins to two parts chopped nuts or almonds.
Start by zesting and juicing your lemon, and chop the ginger. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat off and leave it with the lid on for at least 30 minutes before reheating it. It needs the resting time to really get the flavours to develop, and you will not regret being a tiny bit patient, I promise!
When the waiting time is over, sift the gløgg to get all the spices and ginger chunks out and serve. I love this variation for days where you just want the taste of the gorgeous spices, but don’t feel like adding wine (which also makes it perfect for the youngest family members).
Now grab a cookie and enjoy. I'm in bed sick today, and I'm really looking forward to a cup of this and a polar bear cookie.