At this time of year, Swedes enjoy the chance to get together, share food and warm up with a glass of hot glögg. Many people have their own family recipes for glögg and there are always plenty of invitations to join friends to try their spiced, warm wine. Here’s a favourite recipe that Peter recommends. It’s sure to warm you up and put you in the festive spirit.

  • 5 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
  • 2 cloves
  • 3cm piece of cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 75ml Madeira or port
  • 1 bottle good-quality red wine such as burgundy

Put all the ingredients in a pan (not aluminum) and slowly heat. Do not allow to boil. Strain and drink while still warm. For a more intense flavour leave the spices to infuse for several hours or overnight then strain and gently reheat when ready to drink. Serve in a heatproof bowl, with mugs or glasses and a large ladle.

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