Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein


The Essential Christmas Drink

Glögi, or hot wine, is an indispensable drink in Finnish winter. In Finland, joulutori (Christmas market) is a new culture and has started recently, but it is always sold in the Christmas market. According to Juhani, dipping gingerbread in this glögi is the best way to enjoy it. Indeed, gingerbread with a little alcohol in it has a mature taste. Please give it a try.
Finnish Traditional Christmas Gingerbread, Piparkakku
This is a recipe for gingerbread, a Finnish Christmas staple. Each family has its own taste, but this recipe is not too sweet.

Various Spices

I mentioned that the Christmas market started recently, but grog itself has been around for a long time and is a traditional drink. Different families add different spices, but the most common are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger. There are many variations, including allspice, star anise, oranges, raisins, and peeled almonds.
Try them all and find the one you like best.

Cassis Juice is a Must

There are many spices, but the blackcurrant juice is essential. Here is a recommended blackcurrant juice that has been used in Finland for a long time, and it is a product that is diluted five times.–mustaherukkamehu-sokeroimaton-1-4/6415131414505

Date Cake with Glögi

One of the best baked goods in Finland, in my opinion, is date cake. The date cake comes in a variety of flavors, including a coffee version and a glögi version. Please try them.
Finnish Date Cake Taatelikakku, Flavor of Coffee or Glögi
The taste of Finnish date cake varies depending on whether coffee or glögi is used. The pureed dates give this fruit cake with a moist texture.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

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Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein

Glögi is the most popular Christmas drink in Finland and the Nordic countries. Here is a basic recipe using cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings2 people
  • water 150 mL
  • white sugar 35 g
  • concentrated blackcurrant juice 50 mL
  • red wine 250 mL
  • cinnamon stick 1
  • clove (whole) 3
  • cardamom (seed) 1/3 tsp
  • ginger 5 g
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  • Blackcurrant juice can be substituted with thick grape juice.
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