Melt away the winter chill with Finnish Glögi

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Photo: istockphoto

Ease the bite of cold weather and have your guests cozy up near a crackling fire with a cup of the Finns’ version of mulled wine known as glögi. In other Scandinavian countries, it’s known as glögg. It’s the traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas. The beverage is usually served warm or hot, and can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic (I prefer the spiked version). A coworker of mine shared her glögi recipe with me and I thought I’d pass it on to all of you. It’s really simple to make and will definitely be a crowd-pleaser. Wow your friends and family with the following recipe.

Elina’s Glögi Recipe


1 bottle red wine (750 ml)

750 ml currant or cranberry juice

20 whole cloves

10 whole cardamoms (bruised with mortar and pestle)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 inch fresh ginger

1/2 C raisins

1 C vodka or aquavit (optional)

Fresh orange peel

Slivered almonds


1. Place all spices in a spice bag.

2. In a pot, combine the wine and juice.

3. Add spice bag, raisins and orange peel . Heat up the mixture and let it simmer for an hour or so. Do not bring it to a boil.

4. Shortly before serving, add the vodka or aquavit (optional).

5. Add 1 tbsp of slivered almonds into a mug or glass and pour glögi over the almonds.

6. Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange wedge (optional).

6. Enjoy!

I’ve also rounded up some festive Marimekko mugs and glassware that would be perfect for serving this glögi. After all, half the fun is the presentation.


1. Marimekko Socks Rolled Down Yellow Tumbler Set

2. Marimekko Pallo Red/White Mug

3. Marimekko Socks Rolled Down Clear Flute Glass

4. Marimekko Socks Rolled Down Red Goblet:

5. Marimekko Kippis Mug

If you’re interested in ordering any of these mugs or glassware in time for Christmas, check out the shipping info page on AlwaysMod for more details.



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