Ohhhh yes, it is that time of year that I looked forwards to the most!
Its the time of the year where its important to stay as warm as you can, inside and out and there is no better way to do this than to drink copious amounts of Glögg or Glögi!
Also known throughout Europe as mulled wine, with a alcohol percentage of around 12%, glögi is made with red wine, sugar and spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange.
While November may be dark and rainy, there is no cozier month to be in Estonia. Put on your warmest sweater (don’t forget your hat, scarf and gloves!) and head to one of the upcoming Christmas markets to get in the festive mood and don’t forget to try some traditional Estonian Christmas food, like blood sausage (trust me its delicious!) and sauerkraut in Town Hall Square.
Those who want a bit more of a kick, it’s perfectly acceptable in Estonia to add a shot of vodka or akvavit to your Glögg, I have been guilty of this a number of times! Try it, its great! Estonians have gotten the whole glögi thing down to an art form.
Go to any grocery store and you find it already mixed for you, all you have to do is take it home (or back to the hostel!) and heat it up, and enjoy! That is if you can find any still left in the stores at this time of the year, it is SO popular that sometimes there’s nothing but empty shelves where the stuff used to be!
If you want to try make your own home brewed Glögg – this is how:
1 bottle of red wine
2–3 tbsp Madeira wine (optional)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of raisins
1–2 cinnamon sticks
5–6 orange peels
1/4 cup of peeled almonds
1/4 cup of vodka or rum to add the extra kick (optional)
Simply heat it all up – don’t cook it though – and there you go, Glögg! Enjoy!
United’s Top Tip: Don’t Glögg and drive.
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