The Glogg or the Swedish Glogg is the perfect hot holiday drink.

History of the Glogg

In 1946, Kenneth Hansen began a club in Los Angeles called the Vikings of Scandia, which later became the restaurant Scandia. Members included stars like Rita Hayworth, Cornel Wilde, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, and Marlene Dietrich. Scandia’s Glogg, a traditional holiday drink, was a favorite. Dale Degroff then picked up the custom and gave it away at the bar of the Rainbow Room in small tastes during the two weeks around Christmas.

Glogg (serves 6)

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Julian Solorzano Photography by Eric Strausman Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Hard 🔨 🔨 🔨




Total time




  • 4 Ounces Vodka or Cognac

  • 750 ML Full-bodied red wine

  • 1/3 Cup dark raisins

  • 1/3 Cup Blanched almond slices

  • peel of 1 small orange w/o pith

  • 5 crushed cardomom pods

  • 5 whole cloves

  • 1 Cinnamon stick

  • 3 oz Simple syrup

  • Raisins for garnish


  • In a container, combine the wine, raisins, almonds, orange peel, and spices.
  • Cover and let the mixture stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
  • Strain the wine into a samovar, discarding the solids.
  • Add the vodka and simple syrup to taste.
  • Serve hot from samovar in heat resistant stemware or in punch cups.
  • Garnish each serving with golden raisins and blanched almonds.

Recipe Video


If you are interested in finding more seasonal or winter-themed cocktails like the Glogg, click on our Top Ten Winter Cocktails to Drink by the Fireplace here.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *