Last week I cooked up my first batch of homemade Glögg.
Glögg is my absolute favorite winter drink and I was really looking forward to it , as I had already had a long and glöggless christmas time last year while I was pregnant with little Leo.
In case you haven´t heard of Glögg before ,it is a heavenly scandinavian twist to mulled wine, with lots of spices like cardamom , vanilla, star anise, cinnamon, clover ,raisins, almonds and a bit of rum, if you like.
So after my glöggless year , I guess I might have gotten a bit overexcited and in the end, I had no less than seven bottles standing around in my kitchen. Now my kitchen isn´t the biggest you know. What was I going to do with all those bottles?
So I thought to myself , Glögg Jam! What a wonderful , christmas inspired gift this would make!
Okay,I know, that was lame, I´ll tell you how it really happened!
The reason why I made this ultra delicious, berry bursting, Glögg loaded jar ( 8 of them actually) , was that I was desperately searching for a legitimate way to hide some booze in my breakfast.
Now, before you get all worried ,giving me the eye and asking yourself : Does she have Problem? I can ensure you , she doesn´t.
Yet I am sure , that all of you ( especially those with 3 plus children) know them ; these days in your life , when it´s 7 o´clock in the morning and you think to yourself : Damn, I could really use a drink right now!
Kids screaming from 4.30 onwards , your daughter hid your mascara , all of your good shirts are covered in stains and you look like a sad homeless- The coffee machine broken , kindergarten closed and you know that it won´t be for 14 more hours that you can finally sit down on the couch, all by yourself and pretend that you actually still have a life.
You know, just normal life happening.
Aww, the thought of a little cup of pick-me-up seemed more than tempting.
So while standing in the kitchen, looking at those ruby red little bottles, that I knew I wouldn´t be giving away anyway, I figured why not cooking them up( until all the alcohol was gone, I promise! ) with some berries (
and okay, a good shot of rum) and eating it on a breakfast toast ?! ´Best idea ever.
But now let´s pretend none of this ever happened and yaaaay :
Seriously, if you are unlike me, and in the posession of the ability to actually give food away , this is the perfect little christmassy gift from the kitchen.
Glögg Jam is not only super easy to make but its taste has also the power to instanly teleport you to a wintery december night at the christmas market , with all the little twinkling lights and stands selling sugar roasted almonds.
And it´s so versatile!!! It´s perfectly delicious on basically everything, bread , cookies, porridge , a spoon ..
But as I keep talking and talking about the jam, I realized that I haven´t really emphasize how good the Glögg itself is, so make sure to keep a bottle around for those long winter nights that are about to come !
- 500 grams of frozen mixed Berries
- 1 Apple, peeled core removed and grated
- 500 ml of Glögg ( I used this recipe here)
- 100ml Orange Juice
- Juice of half a Lemon
- 500 grams of preserving jam sugar
Pour all of your ingridients in a large pot ,mix well and bring to a boil.
Once the jam has reached a rolling boil turn down the heat and keep it at a low boil for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
If you want to have your berries mashed, take a potato masher and through the jam until it has your desired consistency.
Now you can do the jam test by pouring a little down the back of a frozen spoon. As you run your finger through it, it should make a little path that stays open. If not, boil a few more minutes and test again. The jam can look a Little bit runny at this point but it will set completely once it has completely cooled down.
Pour the mix into clean and sterilized weckjars,and seal with a lid.