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A glass of Norwegian gløgg, mulled wine after an old recipe served in a glass with sugar rim and decoration - on a wooden table

“Julegløgg” or sweet mulled wine

This is my favorite mulled wine recipe – an old recipe from Norway. It is called “Gløgg” and is sweeter than the traditional “Glühwine” you might be familiar with. In Norway, you can buy bottles of pre-made gløgg mixtures to blend with wine or even vodka, or just water for the alcohol-free variation. However, it only takes a few basic ingredients and a bit of time to make it the authentic way.

Be warned, it is so delicious, it’s hard to stop drinking. It’s a sure party-hit and we never have leftovers, regardless of how many liters we make. If you’re planning to serve this mulled wine for a party, be prepared to make LOTS! Everyone asks for re-fill:) You can easily expand the recipe by adding more wine or double/triple the ingredients.

The mulled wine pairs up perfectly with the Norwegian gingerbread cookies, and the German cinnamon stars.

The chopped almonds and raisins are meant to add some chewiness to the wine. I prefer to serve it on the side as an extra option so the guests can add as little or as much as they like.



4 dl water

3 dl sugar (add less if you prefer less sweetness)

1-2 l red wine (more wine, means less sweet mulled wine)

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

juice of 1 – 2 lemons

slices of oranges or tangerines

almonds & raisins as an add-on

A wedge of lemon or lime + sugar to make a sugar rim on the glasses



  1. Mix and heat water, sugar, and spices (cloves & cinnamon sticks), in a large saucepan and boil until the sugar is dissolved
  2. Add wine and heat up slowly, but do not boil as the alcohol will dissolve
  3. Add slices of orange
  4. Keep on low heat until time of serving
  5. Just before serving, you can add lemon juice to taste
  6. Chop almonds
  7. Have bowls of raisins and chopped almonds on the side that the guests can add to their wine after their own preference.

Tip 1: You can make the sugar & spice base hours ahead or even the day before. I normally add the red wine well ahead of the heating so it can mix well and take up all the spicy tastes.

Tip 2: Add a sugar rim to the glasses for an extra WOW factor. This is easy to prepare ahead by using a wedge of lime, lemon, or orange to rim the glass and dipping the glass in sugar.

Tip 3: Make alcohol-free Gløgg by using blackcurrant juice, elderberry juice, or grape juice instead of wine. Depending on how sweet the juice is, add less or no sugar at all to the recipe.

I really hope you try this out, you won’t regret it:) Please let me know how it goes.

A sugar rimmed glass of Norwegian Gløgg - mulled wine