Geijer Glogg From Scandinavia

Geijer Glogg From ScandinaviaThe Geijer Glogg is a quintessential Scandinavian drink. In many respects, it is akin to aquavit in that both have been distilled into a clear liquid and the spirit has been heightened by the addition of various spices. People have been known to use different types of spirit for this purpose. Grain and grape are the most common but beer and wine are suitable as well. These are utilized to concoct a drink that is similar to vodka or even an un-aged brandy. Once the maker is satisfied, the liquid can then advance to the spicing stage. Connoisseurs such as Anthony Dias Blue have written quite a bit about the glogg. In this worked entitled Complete Book of Spirits, he wrote that Scandinavians drink aquavit in a sort of fruit punch and spiced wine which is served warm. One might be tempted to compare the Geijer Glogg with a British mulled wine and this would not be far off. Those who wish to create their own blend can do a Google search to find the recipe provided by NPR. It calls for a quite a number of ingredients such as port wine, one orange, cloves, white sugar, pinot noir, cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, raisins, ginger, blanched almonds and aquavit.

The number of steps involved including boiling, soaking and steeping makes it apparent that selling the drink in ready-made bottles as Geijer Glogg is a brilliant idea. Creating one from scratch is simply too much work for the common folk.

So now we have a burning question: is the Geijer Glogg one of those ready to drink cocktails? These RTD liquors have invaded the market so thoroughly and purists are complaining. As it turns out, the people behind Geijer Glogg is quick to deny this. The drink was entered in San Francisco’s World Spirits Competition as a liqueur. The federal bureau in-charge of these things agreed by classifying Geijer Glogg as such and putting it under the “herbs and seeds” category.

It’s hard to argue with the federal government these days so let’s leave it at that. Geijer Glogg is a liqueur.

The company behind it claims that Geijer Glogg is a mixture of a spirit and water that has been infused with ginger, cloves, cardamom and other spices. The alcohol content is 40 proof. Geijer Glogg can then be thought of as low proof, lightly sweetened infused spirit. It is reminiscent to the Italian amaro and the German bitters liqueurs that are also enjoying their own revival.

Now that the classification has been cleared up, what is the recommended method of consumption? The producer of Geijer Glogg provides some suggestions. These can be compared with other drinks to provide a better idea for readers.

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