Gløgg (pronounced ‘glurgg’) is a mulled wine that Norwegians drink at Christmas time. It is made with cloves and cinnamon, and served warm with a helping of almonds and raisins. Traditionally gløgg was made from off red wine. Not letting anything go to waste, in true Norwegian style, they just added spices and honey to make it drinkable again. Over the years a more child-friendly syrup is used (but of course if the adults want a little punch then wine can be added).
Gløgg parties are a common Christmas activity in Norway. These parties serve gløgg with risgrøt, a Norwegian style rice pudding.
This dark spicey drink may not be for everyone but any Norwegian julebord (Christmas party) would not be the same without it.
For authentic Old Norwegian gløgg recipes from 1845 visit our post.