If you find yourself in Finland this winter, make sure you indulge in a mug or glass of delicious, warming Glögi, which is a kind of mulled wine. It’s the perfect addition to cold nights and is so tasty.
Out in Finland, it costs just a few Euros to buy a litre carton of Glögi, ready to heat through back at your apartment in a saucepan. Alternatively, most restaurants and cafes will also offer this Finnish delicacy out there. It’s possible to get both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version; the latter made with red grape juice or blackcurrant juice instead of actual wine.
Or… if you’re feeling really crafty, why not try making your own Glögi with this simple recipe? Our recipe focuses on the non-alcoholic version as we think it tastes better – it’s sweet, very fruity and ever so moreish!
Since our first trip to Finland a few years ago, we now make a batch of Glögi every year. It’s become a kind of tradition in our house. Here’s how we do it…
Finnish Glögi Recipe
- 1 litre of red grape juice
- A few strips of orange peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Leave to simmer on a low heat with the lid on the saucepan for 10 minutes.
- Leave to cool completely.
- When cooled, sieve the liquid to remove the spices.
- Re-heat and enjoy!
When drinking Glögi, it’s best to pair it with a real log fire (ideally with toasted marshmallows sandwiched between two chocolate biscuits), whilst wearing fluffy slippers and a thick blanket. Or you could try Piparkakut (traditional Finnish gingerbread biscuits)!
We hope you enjoy making this tasty mulled wine! What other food and drink do you think you might try out in Finland? Let us know in the comments below…