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Slånbärssaftglögg – the recipe

Hello everybody! I am currently visiting my grandmother in the capital of christ, Uppsala north of Stockholm. Living in Malmö is great for its multiculturalism but it’s good to see the “real” Sweden, especially in winter time. Lots of old traditions here. And today the sun is shining bright and the wind is biting my cheeks with fresh winter cold. Will it snow? Haha I’m at the library and there’s a man having a speach about how Uppsala is such a great town. But that is beside the very important point of the slånbärssaftglögg! The final outcome was a marvel and here is the recipe:

SLÅNBÄRSSAFTGLÖGG (Sloe berrie mulled qwine, or sloe sangria if you will)

For about a litre you need

5 dl concentrated sloe berry juice

7 dl water

2 tablespoon sugar (this depends on how sweet you want it and how sweet the juice is, mine was quite sour)

2 cinnamon sticks

7 cloves

5-10 cardamom seeds

3 pieces of dried bitter orange peel (pomeransskal)

Boil the ingredients for about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy with raisins and almonds!

Now my internet time is running out, I’m such a dedicated blogger I can’t believe it!

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Slånbärssaftglögg! (Sloecordialmulledwine?)

Helloooooooo! Today was (yes it’s 3.30 pm and the day is coming to an end. Scandinavia! Whoo! Whoo!) a gorgoeus sunny day and I checked the paper to see if we’d had frost here yet. We had so that meant I could go down to the beach and pick some slånbär (sloe) to make saft! Saft is a swedish thing that I am oh so grateful for that I have never seen anywhere else, except other scandinavian countries (Scandinaviaaaaa!! Whooooo!). It’s basically a very concentrated fruit or berry juice that you mix with water right before you drink it. It has tons of sugar so it lasts forever and it is delicious! Although we allegedly already had frost, I put the berries in the freezer. I did this because they contain some sort of toxic cyanide that makes the berries really bitter and sour but that goes away with the frost. After that it’s a three day process to make the saft and after that I thought I’d use it to make glögg! Glögg is another swedish invention that I’m very grateful for! It’s a spiced wine that you drink warm at christmas with chopped almonds and raisins. I will not make the alcoholic version, swedes tend to put vodka and other stuff in their glögg, but I go all saftglögg! I will get back to you with the details.

Sloe grows everywhere around my parts and in all of Europe, you can even find it in north africa! It grows like a weed and has tons of berries that most birds don’t like due to its toxicity before the frost. So if you see berries like these, pick them and make saft! It is truly delicious!

Tootles!

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