Making Swedish Glögg – Mulled Spice Wine to keep you warm in the winter

Glogg Ingredients

Today we are puttin’ up Swedish Glögg, a wine based drink that will take the chill off of even the coldest night of the coldest winter.  It will warm you, and you will sleep well afterwards.  This is a drink that should be shared with friends, family, or people who you just want to warm up with.

This is approximately the recipe that my wife’s grandfather used to make, and this post is in honor of Poppy.  I make it every year and it has in the process become part of my winter tradition.  One of the things about making something like Glögg is that each person ends up making the recipe their own, adding those little touches of their own that make it your recipe.  In that spirit, I will list the ingredients needed to make a basic batch, but not the measurements because frankly I don’t measure the ingredients myself.

The video below demonstrates what you need to get it started and how to heat it the first day.  It is a multiple day process because the ingredients need to sit in the wine for a while after it has been brought up to temperature to let them a chance to really share and merge their flavors.   The ingredients are listed below the video.

Swedish Glögg Recipe (Glogg)

Ingredients by Volume

  • Dark Red Wine – 1 gallon.  I prefer a Burgundy
  • Port – 1 bottle
  • Citric fruit – oranges, lemons cut in wedges
  • Sugar
  • Prunes
  • Raisens
  • Almonds, crushed
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Your Secret ingredients or spices

Directions Day 1

  • Pour wine into a large pot
  • Add Sugar, fruit, spices
  • Bring up to hot, but not boiling (About 170 – 180 degrees F – The video shows how to tell when it is the right temperature)
  • Let sit at least one day
  • Watch this video to see how to do the rest of the recipe

Directions Day 2

  • Add Port, bring back up to temperature and let it sit.
  • Remove Fruit
  • Strain to remove spice material and clarify the Glögg
  • (optional) Add fortifying alcohol such as rum, vodka, spiced rum, moonshine, or whatever you like
  • You can serve it cold or hot, but I am not sure why anyone would drink it anything but hot.  Same temperature as preparing it, do not boil and about 170 degrees is ideal.

 

“Hot stuff when drunken hot.” Poppy

Making Home Brewed Kombucha, step-by-step demonstration

Make your own Kombucha

So you were thinking about making your own Kombucha.  The good news is that it really isn’t that hard once you know what you are doing.  All you need is a couple of cups of Kombucha, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), tea, sugar, a glass jar to brew it in and something to put it in when you are done brewing it and waiting to drink it.

In the video below, Doc T shows you how easy it is.  He also goes into bottling and flavoring the Kombucha after it is brewed.

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Puttin’ Up a huge inflatable pool.

After the work is done.

You know the drill.  It is summer, it is hot.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a pool in the back yard.

Yes, yes it would.

After the work is done.
Ah, floating in the pool

The easiest path to having a pool in the back yard is to buy one of the large inflatables that come with a pump for circulating the water.  We did that last summer when the temperature hit 90 degrees and we happened to see one on sale at one of those bargain stores.  We got a 18 foot pool that is 4 foot deep for about one fifth of the cost it normally goes for in stores.  We set it up and had a few swims, then we drained it and packed it away.

This spring came along, and it was time to set it back up.  No worries.  We had all the parts, we had dried it and coated it with talcum powder so the pool wouldn’t stick to itself.  It was ready to be put up.  Since I now have this channel, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the things I did to overcome the few problems we encountered.

With these inflatable pools, there is a very large air bladder at the top that needs to be filled.  That takes a little ingenuity, but that is what we are good at here at Puttin’ Up with Doc T.  In this first video, we go over the filling of the air bladder.

In the second video, we show what happens when you are just a little bit short of having enough hose to have it reach the pool.