So who isn’t ready for a little holiday cheer? This year, instead of just going back to the traditional eggnog, why not try something new? As Bova Furniture is a Danish founded company, we like to enjoy a good cup of Danish Gløgg. This hot spiced drink will definitely warm you up in late December and get you in the right frame of mind to celebrate the holidays. After all, even if you love modern furniture, you still likely can appreciate a good traditional beverage.

We’ve translated the recipe from the original language for your convenience. As you can see this Scandinavian drink includes both red wine and rum (or port wine) and, as a result, it has quite a kick. The cinnamon, cloves, orange and lemon combine for a truly delicious experience. The drink can be prepared fairly quickly, as it just needs to simmer at a low boil for about 10 minutes. After straining out the spices, add raisins and almonds into the drink for some surprising crunch and texture.

Danish Christmas Gløgg

¼ l water
1 bottle red wine (does not need to be expensive!) (75 cl)
75 g raisins
50 g popped and chopped almonds
½ dl rum or port wine (or both)
3-4 tbsp. sugar
1 whole cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 orange
1 lemon

1. Peel and cut the Orange and lemon into thin strips.
2. Add water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and strips to a large pot.
3. Bring mixture to a low boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
4. Remove Strips and spices with a strainer.
5. Squeeze orange and lemon, and pour the juice in the pot along with the red wine.
6. Add raisins and almonds, and thoroughly heat up the gløgg (Note: must not boil).
7. Finally, just before serving, add rum or port wine.

If you want to enjoy your Danish Gløgg in an even more decadent manner, consider serving it with Christmas cookies like gingerbread or with a delicious dessert called Ebelskiver, which are sort of like small fluffy pancakes. These traditional Danish treats are made with flour, milk, eggs, sugar and the surprising addition of beer. (Definitely prepare this recipe before you drink too much Gløgg, as it will take a little skill and concentration!). While your ebelskivers are cooking, you will need to take two forks and turn them over several times.

Also for best results, you will likely want to use a pan designed specifically for Ebelskiver. A great one is available from Williams-Sonoma. This pan is made of cast aluminum and will ensure that your Ebelskiver end up perfectly round and lightly browned. Don’t forget to serve your Ebelskivers hot with powdered sugar, and jam.

Danish Ebelskiver

125 gram flour
1.5 tsp. baking powder
1.0 tsp. sugar
.25 tsp. salt
1.0 tsp. vanilla sugar
1.5 dl milk
0.5 dl beer
3 eggs
50 gram butter

1. Sieve flour, baking powder and spices together in a mixing bowl, and stir in the milk.
2. Add beer and egg yolks (save the egg whites).
3. Just before baking, mix in the melted margarine.
4. Whip the egg whites stiff and mix in with an easy hand.
5. Pre-heat the Ebelskive pan (can be found at William-Sonoma).
6. Pour a little melted butter in each well of the Ebelskive pan, and fill the well ¾ with dough.
7.Turn the ebelskiver, with two forks, when the bottoms are golden (approximately 2 minutes). When the other half is golden start turning the ebelskiver as often as possible till they are done (approximately 8 minutes).

Note: They are served warm with powdered sugar, and jams. Before serving, place the ebelskiver in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees) for approximately 10 minutes.

Once you’ve prepared your Danish Gløgg and Ebelskiver, you can unwind on your contemporary furniture from Bova. Just relax, look out the window, snuggle under a blanket, and imagine you are watching the snow fall in Denmark!


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