With winter settling in, the time for glögi, the hot drink Finns love, has come. Today I share with you my grandma’s recipe, with some little tweaks resulting from my personal experience.
For the recipe you will need:
- Six (6) sticks of cinnamon (ground cinnamon can also work)
- A tablespoon of clove (ground or whole)
- Another tablespoon of clove, but this time whole
- Three (3) oranges
- Two (2) liters of cranberry juice
- One (1) liter of apple juice
- 1/4 tablespoon of allspice (whole or ground)
Bonus: you can add angostura (a very bitter alcohol) if you want to get a more ”punchy” christmas punch.
How to do it
Once you have reunited all the ingredients, the steps are quite easy.
1- Wash the oranges, and then stick the cloves whole in the oranges’ peel (the orange should stay whole)
2-Put the oranges in a big pot, and add the cranberry juice, the apple juice, and the spices.
3-Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Of course this recipe is more a guideline than a precise, molecular-level path to the perfect Christmas punch. As a result, you should taste the mixture and then tweak it to your taste. If it’s too sweet, do not hesitate to add some more cinnamon or allspice. In the opposite case, you can simply add a bit of sugar, or more of the juices to balance it properly.
Due to the spices and sugar in this recipe, the resulting glögi can be kept on the stove for a few days and be warmed up whenever needed. I personally find that it tastes best after a few simmers, when the oranges give their whole flavor to the liquid. You can also extend it by adding additional apple and cranberry juice, as well as spices if needed.
If you want to add some alcohol, red wine or whisky can be delicious.
I certainly hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!