White Glögg for Saint Lucia’s Day

According to a legend several hundred years old, a Swedish gentleman awoke in the middle of the night to a white clad woman dancing through his room and singing. She had wings and was carrying a candle. She was Lucia the Saint and brought light, food and wine as comfort on the Winter Solstice: the longest night of the year.

Saint Lucia’s Day is celebrated throughout the world but most commonly in Scandinavian countries, with their long dark winters.

Young girls will dress in a white dress and a red sash, singing the Lucia carol with a crown or wreath of candles on their heads and bring bread and cookies to the procession. The event is a beautiful celebration of light and peace.

For Saint Lucia’s Day we want to share with you something perfect to enjoy inside with lit candles and some Christmas cookies. It’s an unusual but delicious twist on the traditional glögg, brought to you by Katrín Björk at the Modern Wifestyle.

White Glögg


1l (4 cups) apple juice
2 tbsp. sugar
Zest and pulp from one orange
50 g (1,5 oz.) fresh ginger, peeled and cut to small pieces
A handful or two of raisins
1 handful almonds, blanched*
3 cinnamon sticks
5 star anise
15 whole cloves
25 black pepper corns
1 bottle white wine
1 dl (0,4 cup) light rum


1. Put apple juice, sugar, orange, zest, ginger, raisins, almonds, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and pepper corns into a large pot or sauce pan and bring it to boil.

2. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes to really get the flavour out of the spices.

3. Pour in the wine and heat until almost boiling.

4. Finally add the rum and serve steaming hot.

*How to blanch almonds:
Blanching simply means removing the skin

1. Bring water in a small saucepan to a boil.
2. Place raw almonds in the boiling water and let boil for one minute.
3. Drain them.
4. Use your fingers to gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin from them.

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