Recipe - Mulled Wine with Therese Elstad
As Christmas is just around the corner, what better way to start getting into the mood than by warming up with a nice cup of homemade mulled wine? Norwegian nutritionist and foodie Therese Elstad, behind Nordic food and lifestyle blog “My Nordic Kitchen”, is below sharing one of her fabulous recipes with us!
Gløgg | Mulled Wine
A very long time ago when mulled wine became a drink in Scandinavia, it was drunk because its health benefits. When years passed by and the sugar industry took over, the drink went from being healthy, to unhealthy. Isn’t it a good idea to get back to our roots and make this drink as healthy as it was supposed to be?
A Healthy Mulled Wine
This recipe for Mulled wine is naturally healthy, as it doesn’t contain any nasties, such as refined sugar or preservatives. With its frozen berries, smooth honey and delicious apple juice, this one of my winning recipes that I never get tired of. Loaded with antioxidants from the raspberries, mulberries and blueberries this will keep you sound and healthy during the winter season.
I want to encourage you to use what you have for this recipe, besides some of the key ingredients. The ingredients you need are raspberry and blueberry to give it both the taste and the colour. Besides these two ingredients you can play around with different berries, spices and fruit. This recipe started out with raspberries, blueberries, water and spices. Now I’ve developed it to something more and something exciting. I added clementine to get that lovely aroma and taste as well as apple juice to give it that zingy taste. What’s not to love?
This drink is naturally child friendly, but if you want a more adult version feel free to add a bottle of red wine.
Yield 1 litre
A delicious and healthy mulled wine for the holidays- packed with antioxidants from all the lovely berries!
200 gram blueberries, frozen
400 gram raspberries, frozen
1 thumb sized ginger
1 tsp. cloves, whole
3 star anise
1 cinnamon stick, Ceylon
1 litre water
350 ml honey (or to taste)
Bring berries, ginger, spices and water to a boil and let simmer for an hour so the berries release all of its flavor.
Strain the liquid from the berries and stir in honey (as much or little as you feel like)!
Add a bottle of red wine if serving to adults or without for a healthy Christmas!
If you, like me, don't always care for the healthy- add 1 bottle of wine before serving or add it during the boiling process to get rid of the alcohol, but what's the fun in that?