If you are not fond of fruit, please do not proceed reading this article. If you recognize the following recipe as a heavily-adapted, non-alcoholic version of the Nordic beverage, gløgg, glögg, or glögi, you would be correct. It is a drink worth sharing.


  • A heaping mugful of apple cider, unfiltered and however sweet as the drinker likes it
  • Anywhere from one reasonable handful to a collection just enough to fill one fun-size Milk Duds box’s worth of dried fruit, such as dried cranberries, golden raisins, and dried apricots
  • Optional fillings: slivered almonds, citrus peel (without the pith), a stick of cinnamon, whole cloves, cardamom, ginger, and brown sugar


  1. Bring the cider to a simmer with any citrus peel, spices, and sugar. Microwave if the drinker likes their mugs painfully hot; heat on stovetop if the drinker wants a stronger spice flavor so much that they would wash an extra pot. Optionally, add dried fruit now for a softer eventual texture.
  2. Strain out any peel and/or spices.
  3. Transfer remaining liquid into container of choice. Add in dried fruit and nuts if did not do so previously.
  4. Stir and sip!

This drink is best consumed piping hot with cold hands.* The spices can be steeped in the cider up to days beforehand and reheated just before serving. Happy break!

* Please do not actually freeze your hands. Really.