Mulled wine: Warming up the cold nights
By Alexis Korman
Special to amNewYork
Drinkers in chilly Nordic countries have long known how to spice up cold nights with glÃ¶gg, a warm mulled wine drink. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, of famed Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit, (65 E. 55th St., 212-593-0287)â, gave us the scoop on how New Yorkers can bring the Nordic tradition to their own homes.GlÃ¶gg recipe by Marcus Samuelsson (makes about 1Â½ quarts)
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1 small piece ginger, peeled
Grated zest of Â½ orange
6 whole cloves
Â½ cup vodka
1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
1 cup ruby port or Madeira
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
Â½ cup blanched whole almonds
Â½ cup dark raisins
1. Crush the cinnamon and cardamom using a mortar and pestle (or put them on a cutting board and crush them with the bottom of a heavy pot). Put them in a small glass jar and add the ginger, orange zest, cloves and vodka. Let stand for 24 hours.
2. Strain the vodka through a fine sieve into a large saucepan; discard the spices. Add the red wine, port or Madeira; and the sugar, vanilla sugar, almonds, and raisins. Heat over medium heat just until bubbles start to form around the edges.
3. Serve hot in mugs, with a few almonds and raisins in each one; keep any remaining glÃ¶gg warm over very low heat until ready to serve (do not let boil).
Q&A WITH MARCUS SAMUELSSON
Growing up, was glÃ¶gg a part of your familys festivities?
GlÃ¶gg is something me and every other Swede grew up with. The odor of wine, spices and almonds invades homes throughout Scandinavia.
Do you have any secrets for our readers in making glÃ¶gg at home?
Dont buy expensive wine because youre adding sugar and spices which will
mask the taste. Dont boil youll destroy the alcohol. Just heat up. Spend the money you save on wine on quality spices because thats the flavor that counts.
What kinds of red wine can be used to make mulled wine?
Cheap red wine any variety and port wine.
MULLED WINE AROUND THE CITY
Dont feel like attempting to make glÃ¶gg at home? We rounded up several places where you can sample delicious mulled wine for $10 or less.
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave. at E. 86th St., 212-288-0665
Located in the Neue Galerie, this luxurious Viennese cafe serves coffee and other Austrian treats such as sacher tortes and strudels. The affordable gluhwein is further enhanced with spiced tea packs.
34 E. 2nd St. at Second Ave., 212-533-3412w
This laid-back, intimate East Village cafe features a rotating roster of live music acts. It serves up strong drinks, including a variety of Russian-style infused vodkas and hot glint wine.
Oro Bakery and Bar
375 Broome St., btwn Mott and Mulberry sts., 212-941-6368
Mulled wine: $8
At this French bakery and wine bar, where everything is made by hand and artisanal ingredients are utilized, the mulled wine is made to order, and features organic wine, juices and a variety of spices.
10 Downing St. at Sixth Ave., 212-255-0300
Glu wine: $9
This much buzzed about West Village eatery, run by the talented chef Jason Neroni, serves up American nouveau cuisine in a homey, eclectically decorated space. Though most patrons at the bar order highbrow beer, the traditional Austrian mulled wine, made with Blaufrankisch and elderberry syrup, is a seasonal treat.