Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mulled Wine: Spiked and Steamy for Christmas #SundaySupper

For several years, we made this glogg ("mulled wine" for easier reference) for our families' Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations. It's warm, festive, strong, and delicious. Always a crowd favorite. We first had it at a friend's Christmas party and loved it. We haven't made since Peanut arrived. But this week's #SundaySupper theme reminded us of it, and we'll be sure to make it for our Christmas Eve celebration this year. It's really simple, and a lot of fun.


  • 1.5 liter bottle red wine
  • 750 ml bottle vodka
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp. ground cardamom
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 lb. - 1 lb sugar (Yes, really.)
  • Large tupperware or jar (for vodka)
  • Large pot
  • Strainer
  1. The day before you're going to serve this, pour the vodka into a separate container or jar along with the cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks. This is where all of the festive flavor - and punch - will come from. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.
  2. On the day of serving, pour the wine into a pot and heat on low. You don't want it to boil and evaporate all of the alcohol. (Or do you?)
  3. Once the wine is warm, strain the flavored vodka into it. (I use a pasta strainer.) Again, be sure not to boil the mixture.
  4.  Pour in the sugar. Just when you think you've added too much, add some more. Start with 1/2 pound, stir to dissolve, taste, and add more if necessary. 
  5. Serve, keep warm, and enjoy. Drink it slowly.
Some people use orange peel, almonds, and raisins in more traditional Swedish glogg recipes. But we are neither traditional nor Swedish. Enjoy however you like and Merry Christmas!

For more #SundaySupper Christmas appetizers and drinks, check out these other posts:

Holiday Cocktails
Holiday Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres


  1. I love mulled wine but I've yet to make it myself. It sounds really easy so I need to get on it!

  2. I love how mulled wine smells! It is a huge comfort thing for me!

  3. Sound's fabulous I can't wait to try!!!

  4. Mulled wine is all about the holidays. Fills the house with wonderful smells and is so comforting in everyway!!

  5. Mmmm - mulled wine smells so wonderful as it wafts through the house. It is a wonderful holiday drink. Thank you for sharing it!

  6. This is a spiked mulled wine, nice! I like the `drink it slowly´ part!

  7. Glogg is delicious and it looks like your version packs quite the punch :) Sounds, and looks fantastic! ~ Bea @ galactopdx

  8. Sounds so comforting! I have never tried mulled wine before; I'd like to!

  9. Spiked and steamy? Who can resist a mulled wine with that description! Sounds perfect for Christmas!

  10. Gotta love a good and steamy cup of mulled wine for the holidays!

  11. We are big mulled wine drinkers in this house. The holidays is just not complete without a mug of mulled wine. Although I have never added vodka to mine, I bet it gives it a cook kick. :)

  12. Wow, I loved mulled wine but have never made it at home! This is such a great recipe.

  13. I haven't tried mulled wine and reading your post makes me think, why the heck not?! This must be remedied immediately. Happy holidays!

  14. We've been wanting to try mulled wine this year. This sounds delicious!

  15. Sounds spicy & sweet ! Good recipe I think. Will try it this year, but may cut some sugar out ! like the cloves ! Nice pic Justin and have a good Christmas !

  16. I am a bit late getting to all the SUnday Supper posts, but I love this. Sounds a bit sweet, but I trust you :-)


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