December is the month of “glögg” in Sweden. It is a warm spicy drink based on sweetened red wine, similar to mulled wine or glühwein. It is very common during the weekends in December to have “glöggfika” where you invite family and friends for some glögg and pepparkakor (ginger bread). Sometimes also with lussekatter (saffron buns).
Most people just buy ready made glögg in a bottle and heat it up, but it is not at all hard to make your own even though it could be hard finding some of the spices and it is probably more expensive.
Lately all kinds of flavours have emerged and are available in stores from November. You could experiment with adding flavours such as: chocolate, chili, orange, blueberry, lingonberry, cloudberry, apple, coffee or if you like, why not even try with saffron.
Below is our recipe for a basic traditional glögg: