Cold nights call for “Hot Scandinavians”

By Crystal Dey

Winter nights in Minnesota can be frigid. There’s no better time to snuggle up with a hot Scandinavian! Traditionally, glogg is a mulled red wine but can also be made with your favorite berry or grape juice. Glogg is a Swedish word derived from the word “glodga,” which means to burn or mull – hence, a “Hot Scandinavian.”

The spicy punch is a staple paired with ginger biscuits in Nordic homes on St. Lucia’s Day, December 13.

Origins and traditions of the day vary in Scandinavian countries but have travelled here to Minnesota. Girls can be seen wearing candle-lit wreaths upon their heads, dressed in Christ-like robes. Some say the day is to celebrate the life of St. Lucia, others believe that it is observed in conjunction with the winter solstice.

In any event, a Hot Scandinavian complements the festivities perfectly.

Hot Scandinavian


  • 1 liter juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 knob fresh grated ginger
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 oranges, zest only
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
Grandpa Lundquist Glogg Spices

Strapped for time? Check your grocery or specialty store for pre-packaged Glogg or Glogg Spice Mix.


  • Simmer spices and water in sauce pan for one hour. Add orange and lemon zest and raisins. Cover and let sit overnight.
  • Combine juice (or red wine) with mixture, slowly simmer and pour over slivered almonds in red wine glasses or goblets. Strain if desired. If strained, toss in a few raisins for an extra Swedish flair.
  • Prepackaged spice packets or ready-made glogg is also available. Check your local grocery store. Look for Blossa Glogg or, for a non-alcoholic brew, try Grandpa Lundquist Glogg.
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