Tastefood: In a DIY gift basket, don’t forget the glogg | Lifestyles

During this gift giving season, keep your gifts rich and real with homemade and local produce, foraged decorations and repurposed items.

A gift doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, and when homemade it conveys a personal and meaningful touch. Look to your community and Mother Nature for inspiration.

There is an abundance of natural gifts and decorations in front of our doors and growing under our feet. Look for artisan and handmade items, homemade foods and beverages, garden citrus fruits and cut branches, kitchen spices and mason jars to converge, inspire and create thoughtful gifts for friends and family .

This DIY gift basket includes all the fixings for making mulled wine. Mulled wine, also known as gluwein, glogg, and mulled wine, is universally enjoyable. It’s a winter staple, from holiday markets to the ski slopes to a cozy chair in front of the fireplace on a cold night. Who wouldn’t want to curl up with a fragrant cup of wine, especially a cup of wine fortified with spirits and fruit, accented with cinnamon and spices?

To make a gift, write the recipe on a decorative card to ensure the correct distribution of the ingredients in the basket. The recipe is a keeper, and the ingredients… well, as you can see, while they are certainly the key to the recipe, they can also be enjoyed on their own or used for other purposes.

In this case, a bottle of port and red wine, a small shot of orange liqueur and packets of spices and dried fruit are gathered in a basket with a few sprigs and leaves picked from the winter garden to constitute a seasonal kit. Of course, this is a template, and if you have a favorite holiday drink, modify the recipe accordingly – you get the gist of it.


Active time: 20 minutes

Total duration: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 to 6 people


1 cup of port

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Gran Marnier or Cointreau

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

The zest of an untreated orange

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns

1 bottle (750 ml) full-bodied, fruity red wine

1/4 cup raisins, soaked in port or orange liqueur for at least 20 minutes

Cinnamon sticks or orange slices for garnish

Combine the ingredients for the syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until reduced by about half, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Add the wine to the syrup. Cover the pan and heat gently over medium-low heat, without letting the wine boil. Taste and if you prefer a sweeter drink, add additional brown sugar to desired sweetness.

Filter into cups. Add a spoonful of raisins to each cup and garnish with an orange slice or cinnamon stick.

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