Traditional glögg is strongly associated with the Winter Holiday Season, served hot and made with spiced red wine and a splash of vodka. This version is served chilled and although spiced the same way, made mainly with vodka and just a hint of red wine. Adding to the summer feel of the drink I’m using red currants for syrup and decoration. Find beautiful fresh frozen red currants online from Northwest Wildfoods, They have a lovely assortment of Scandinavian berries such as lingonberries, gooseberries, black, champagne and red currants of excellent quality, shipped and delivered completely frozen.

glögg shots with vodka and red currant

2 cups red currants
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup honey
½ cup maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
10 cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
½ cup red wine

vodka for serving

Add all ingredients except wine and vodka to a pot and bring to a slow boil. Let boil to reduce for 30 minutes.
Pour liquid into a strainer or cheese cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Pour the syrupy liquid into a separate bowl and stir in red wine.
Bottle and refrigerate.
Makes about 2 ½ cups syrup.
Serve with vodka in chilled shot glasses.
Decorated with red currants.

red currants 2

Photography by Philip Blankenship.