We are five days into spring! While I’d like to say the weather resembles this scene from Frozen,
The reality is, it’s still more like this:
I was a little late to join the Frozen bandwagon, but when I finally saw the movie last month, I LOVED it!
It’s a musically stellar, and all around refreshing Disney film.
I appreciated the complicated yet still believable sisterly distance, and the sweet, but not saccharine storyline and message.
The film is set in the fictional village Arendelle, but it’s clear – from the mentions of fjords, trolls, and the traditional attire – there’s a definite Scandinavian influence.
After Elsa unintentionally freezes the kingdom, Anna sets off to find her sister and coax her to bring back summer.
During Anna’s quest we’re introduced to the lovably goofy male lead, Kristoff, and not one but two anthropomorphic snow creatures: Olaf and Marshmallow.
Back in Arendelle, Hans, Anna’s love interest (at the time), watches over the town, and offers its chilly residents shelter at the palace and warm mugs of glog.
You’ll have to watch the rest of the film to find out what happens with Anna, Arendelle, and Elsa, but today I will show you how to make a drink worth of melting a frozen heart.
Glog is simply a Nordic mulled wine served during Christmastime and throughout the winter months.
Most Scandinavian families have their own recipes and versions of glog, but the standard ingredients are usually red wine, sugar, and spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and orange peel are popular).
Stronger spirits such as vodka, port wine, and brandy are also sometimes added, and it is normally served with raisins, blanched almonds, and ginger snaps.
Given the unpredictable weather here in the northeast, I think I will be enjoying this drink for at least few weeks to come… and so should you.
If you’d like to make this recipe for kids, just omit the wine and spirits and replace them with the fruit juice (or juices) of your choice.
Frozen Nordic Glog:
- 1 bottle dry red wine (such as Cabernet)
- 1/2 bottle port wine
- 1 cup dried figs, sliced
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 2 oranges, peel and juice
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 star anise
- 7 whole peppercorns
- 5 cloves
- 7 cardamom pods
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup sliced almonds (optional)
Serve the glog immediately (or reheat later) in your favorite mug or glass, garnish with sliced almonds, and you’ll be warm in no time!