Glogg in the Microwave

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The Glogg in the Microwave is a cocktail recipe that involves using a microwave. It’s basically mulled wine, but done in the microwave instead of over the stove in a sauce pot. While it doesn’t call for all of the spices used in mulled wine, you can certainly add the rest in and make it your own.

But the use of fewer ingredients is part of this recipe’s charm, along with the use of a microwave instead of a stove. It’s the easiest way to get the flavor of mulled wine without as much of the work.

This drink tastes like a spiced and lightly sweetened wine. You don’t need to bring out your best red wine for this drink. It’s a great way to use up leftover wine or cheap bottles and make it taste delicious.

Glogg in the Microwave with orange twist

This is a big batch recipe that makes 6-8 servings, depending on the size glasses you use. Here we used a 3 ounce martini glass. The recipe calls for cordial glasses, which are even smaller, about the size of shot glasses. You can definitely use shot glasses if you want.

This is a great drink for a cool evening by the fire. It’s less work than making mulled wine. And because all you need is a microwave, it’s ideal for places where you may not have access to a stove top, like a hotel.

Angled shot of Glogg in the Microwave

And do feel free to tweak this recipe to your taste. Use orange juice instead of lemon, if you like. Try adding in a little bit of brandy. Try honey instead of sugar, or leave out the cloves if they’re not your thing. This is a recipe you can’t go wrong with. It’s a great opportunity to get creative.

When serving to guests, this goes well with any food or nibbles mulled wine would pair with. Cheesecake and other mild desserts make a great choice. Coconut cake can go surprisingly well with spiced wine.

A dinner of chicken or whitefish would work well with it too. A nice mild risotto featuring asparagus or truffle also makes a nice option.

Overhead view of Glogg in the Microwave cocktail

Glogg in the Microwave with orange twist

Glogg in the Microwave

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes


  • Bottle of red wine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


    1. Put everything into a microwaveable container with a lid.
    2. Heat it on medium for 5-6 minutes. This varies a little by microwave brand, so you may have to experiment.
    3. Take it out (carefully, as it may be super hot) and stir it until the sugar dissolves.
    4. Strain out the cinnamon bark and cloves, and serve it in cordial cups garnished with a twist of orange or lemon.

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Last Updated:

October 25, 2023