Hot concoctions are a severely underrated category of the cocktail and mocktail world. Not only are they the perfect remedies that add a touch of heat to your drinking routine when everything is starting to get cold, they also taste delicious and feature interesting flavors you wouldn't otherwise pick up from the usual chilled go-to drinks.
One such drink is called the Glogg. It's a Nordic Christmas-time favorite (though you can enjoy it anytime the weather drops, Holiday or not) and unlike most recipes that call for regular wine (read all about wines in our in-depth non alcoholic wine guide here), this one calls for mulled wine, meaning simmered to scorching, flavorful perfection. This hot spiced wine is fragrant, fruity, and delivers some much-needed festivity when long stretches of cold weather hit.
This drink is popular around the world so maybe you've heard it referred to as Vin Chaud, Vino Caliente, Glühwein or something else entirely! There's actually a variety of ways to make it, but we've come up with the perfect non-alcoholic version regardless. It's packed with flavors of citrus, star anise, and cinnamon, and each sip feels like a friend giving you a warm and cozy embrace during the chilly season. Enjoy!
Non-alcoholic Glogg ingredients you'll need:
This recipe makes 6 servings 🍷
- 1 bottle non-alcoholic Red Wine like the No & Low Cabernet Sauvignon or Noughty Rouge
- 6 oz Lyre's American Malt or non-alcoholic dark spirit alternative
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 star anise pods
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 whole 🍊 oranges, peels, and juice
How do you make a non-alcoholic Glogg (Mulled Wine)?
There's nothing to it — here's how to fix up a a non-alcoholic Glogg for everyone to enjoy:
- Prep your saucepan, set to medium heat.
- Throw in all the ingredients.
- Heat your cozy concoction by letting it simmer on low for 20 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Let it sit covered for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Before you serve make sure to reheat for 5-10 minutes on low heat.
- Strain into glass mug with a handle, since this thing's hot!
- Garnish with an orange slice, cinnamon stick and star anise. Cheers!
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What's the best non-alcoholic Red Wine for Glogg (Mulled Wine)?
The Glogg is a type of mulled wine, and as such, the kind of non-alcoholic red wine you use is crucial to really bring out the best flavors. For non-alcoholic red wine our favorites include our very own best-in-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Noughty Rouge, or Lautus Savvy Red.
No & Low Cabernet Sauvignon: Our 2021 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon are made with grapes harvested from Maipo Valley in Chile, which then undergoes a delicate process that removes the booze but preserve all the things you seek from your red: aroma, flavor, complexity, and more. Created so you can crave without consequence.
Noughty Rouge: Don't let the robust & smooth taste fool you — this is definitely still booze-free, non-alcoholic red wine. Crafted to literal perfection, it's indistinguishable from regular red wine. A deceptively delicious option for your mulled wine that won't take a toll on your body afterwards. What's not to love?
Lautus Savvy Red: Lautus Savvy Red is a darkly rich and dry red wine alternative that tastes just like the real thing and makes for a great mulled wine option for your non-alcoholic Glogg cocktail.
Like we've mentioned, make sure to reheat your Glogg stash for maximum deliciousness once it's stayed out too long and has cooled down. Cheers, and let us know in the comments how your non-alcoholic Glogg cocktail turned out!