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Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas

James Savage · 23 Dec 2010, 13:49

Published: 23 Dec 2010 13:49 GMT+01:00

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Systembolaget, the monopoly alcohol retailer, reported that the cold weather had increased pre-Christmas demand for the beverage, leading to a run on supplies. In a statement on its website, the chain said it was sorry for what had happened. It added that it had bought all the glögg available from its suppliers, but it had not been enough to satisfy demand.

By Wednesday night, many stores had sold out of all brands completely. Shelves had been restocked by Thursday morning, but with a limited supply.

“There’s unfortunately a risk that we will run out before the stores close,” said Lennart Agén, spokesman for Systembolaget.

In an attempt to save countless Christmases, the monopoly has published a selection of recipes on its website to help disappointed customers make their own mulled wine.

Systembolaget’s Glögg Recipe:

1 bottle red wine

12 cl vodka

7 sticks cinnamon

20 cloves

A morsel of ginger

1 teaspoon cardamom pods

Dried peel of one orange (pomeransskal, hela)

200 ml caster sugar

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1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

Sweet almonds and raisins to serve.


Crush the cardamom pods with a pestle and mortar and break the cinnamon sticks into small pieces. Put all the spices into a container with a lid, and pour over the vodka. Put the lid on the container and allow to stand overnight so that the flavours are absorbed. The next day, pass the vodka through a sieve to remove the spices. Then mix the vodka, wine, sugar and vanilla sugar. Heat the glögg and serve with the almonds and raisins.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:21 December 23, 2010 by roaringchicken92
No glögg? Booooooooooooooooo

Tasty, acceptable replacement? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
15:53 December 23, 2010 by Rick Methven
Not just Glögg, Yesterday the supply of good single malt was also in short supply
16:49 December 23, 2010 by hilt_m
Yeah I was shocked when I went down to liljeholmen and they were completely sold out the other day.
17:50 December 23, 2010 by izbz
Glogg shortage threatens Swedish X'mas!!!!! LOL

As if without Glogg you can't celebrate X'mas.

Are they using that in the church for communion?
19:14 December 23, 2010 by AdamVikingen
Sweds dont go to church on X-mas....I am a swe and i have never met someone who dose, some might but that would onlu be like 5-7% of the people..
20:40 December 23, 2010 by Ivan Juric
I went to Ikea Melbourne (Australia) Saw a shelf full of what I thought to be authentic Swedish Glogg...I read the label...Made in Germany, so I bought some Dill chips instead....

I don't have anything against Germans but it didnt feel real....
21:49 December 23, 2010 by Lakshmi72
I remember fondly when sharing an apartment in New York years ago that my Swedish roommates made Glöff for Christmas.

It was so deliciious that I once also made it in Germany:)

I love the Swedish Christmas decoration (the red horses etc.) and the spirit altogether.
01:49 December 24, 2010 by petronius82
Hej Ivan! I'm so sorry that you had to eat dill chips. As for pre-made glogg, no purist would really want that stuff anyway. Try that recipe above. The English mulled wine, the German and the Dutch Gluehwein, and the Scandinavian Glogg are really all the same thing except for the final addition of almonds and raisins which is peculiar to the latter (but, really tasty). Here's a link for you:http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/mulled+wine?cx=partner-pub-0939450753529744%3Av0qd01-tdlq&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=mulled+wine&sa=Search#826

Merry Yule, and peace on earth to ALL!
10:57 December 24, 2010 by hilt_m
Yeah i guess i could have made the stuff, but it cost a good deal more folking out for the vodka and the wine compared to just buying the pre-mixed stuff. Might try it next year perhaps. god jul all
11:10 December 24, 2010 by johnny1939
To hilt_m make it a family project. It is a lot of work but well worth it. The stuff in the store is for lazy people w/ no xmas spirit hohoho. God Jul and Piece on Earth
21:18 December 24, 2010 by wxman
My immigrant Swedish grandpa used to make this every Christmas/New Year. Miss him, and the glogg too.

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