Lena's Swedish Glögg

As MD of D&D event creators, Alexander & Björck, Lena Björck knows a fair bit about entertaining, and what better way to welcome your nearest and dearest this festive season than with a traditional Swedish glögg?


(serves 10)

Glass: Demitasse coffee cup

Garnish: Raisins and blanched whole almonds (blanch 200g of almonds, once they have cooled mix with raisins and leave in a bowl so guests can add as much as they like to their glögg).


1 bottle of full-bodied Spanish red wine

300ml semi-sweet sherry

350ml cognac

300g caster sugar

225g raisins

6–8 cardamom pods

2 bitter almonds

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla pod


  1. Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods, and scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod.
  2. Mix cardamom, vanilla, raisins, bitter almonds and cinnamon sticks in a bowl, add in 100ml cognac, cover with cling film and leave for two days, then sieve out spices.
  3. Dissolve the sugar in a little boiling water before adding the red wine, the spiced cognac, the additional cognac and the sherry.
  4. Gently warm and served with the blanched almonds and raisins.