Holiday Glogg Cocktail

Dec 1, 2023

In the gay community, where we often forge our own paths and traditions, the Holiday Glogg, a classic mulled wine recipe, brings a touch of the old world into our contemporary celebrations. This season, as we look back to old-world holiday traditions worth reviving in 2023, the Holiday Glogg stands out as a symbol of the richness of history and the beauty of integrating the past into our modern lives.

Reviving Old-World Charm With This Mulled Wine Recipe

The Holiday Glogg, with its warm and inviting essence, encourages us to revisit and cherish traditions like glühwein, sending hand-written Christmas cards, and adorning our spaces with vintage ornaments. These traditions, much like the Holiday Glogg itself, are relics of the past. They are reminders of the depth and diversity of holiday celebrations across cultures and times.

Blending New and Old Traditions in The Gay Community

In the gay community, we have a unique opportunity to blend old-world traditions with our contemporary celebrations. The Holiday Glogg is a metaphor for this blend. It brings together the warmth of traditional holiday practices with the inclusivity and acceptance of modern queer culture. It’s a celebration of how far we’ve come and a nod to the traditions that have stood the test of time.

Just as the Holiday Glogg brings together a variety of ingredients to create something beautiful, the gay community brings together diverse individuals to create a rich and vibrant culture. This mulled wine recipe symbolizes the inclusivity that is at the heart of our community. A coming together of different backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions to celebrate the season in unity and love.

As we enjoy the Holiday Glogg, we are reminded of the importance of honoring our heritage while embracing our identity. The revival of traditions like Christmas crackers, yule logs, and nutcrackers warms our hearts, shaped by varied experiences that build our community.

A Toast to Love, Acceptance, and Joy

Ultimately, the Holiday Glogg is a toast to love, acceptance, and the joy of being true to ourselves. It’s a reminder that amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we find strength in our unity, joy in our diversity, and comfort in the traditions that connect us to our past and to each other. It reminds us that it is okay to slow down, enjoy the moment and live life to its fullest. 

How to Make the Holiday Glogg

  • 12 oz Stoli Premium
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 ½ tbsp mulling spices
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Add all ingredients into a large pot and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes. Serve in warm, sugar-rimmed mugs.

Enjoy and drink responsibly.

The Spirit of Change

Sustainability, LGBTQ, diversity, and injustice are core pillars of Stoli. The original vodka recipe was developed in 1938, and by 1948 it was being made and bottled in Latvia, where the award-winning Stoli lineup is made to this day. Stoli has a long, rich history of supporting the LGBTQ community, when in 1991 Stoli became one of the first spirit brands to actively champion LGBTQ issues on global equality, visibility, and acceptance for all. In 1997, Stoli was purchased by Yuri Shefler, transforming Stoli into a vertically integrated company, which lead to Putin waging a war in 2000 for the vodka trademark, which has been unsuccessful. 

In 2018, Stoli commemorated the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk being the first openly gay elected official in California, by launching the limited edition, individually numbered, Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle, with proceeds going to the Harvey Milk Foundation LGBGTQ programming in Eastern Europe and the Baltic nations. Proudly Latvian, Stoli has affirmed their ongoing support of Ukraine and is steadfast in denouncing Russia’s aggression on the sovereign nation. Stoli’s spirit continue to inspire to create a better future for all.

Brian Webb

Brian Webb

Author

Brian Webb is the founder and editor-in-chief of HomoCulture, a celebrated content creator, and winner of the prestigious Mr. Gay Canada – People’s Choice award. An avid traveler, Brian attends Pride events, festivals, street fairs, and LGBTQ friendly destinations through the HomoCulture Tour. He has developed a passion for discovering and sharing authentic lived experiences, educating about the LGBTQ community, and using both his photography and storytelling to produce inspiring content. Originally from the beautiful Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia, Brian now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His personal interests include travel, photography, physical fitness, mixology, drag shows.

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