Along with Æbleskiver, the Danes usually drink Gløgg (which is very much like the mulled wine I’ve had on skiing trips.) Not sure if you could keep it hot enough for Santa, but I’m sure he’d enjoy it!
Personally, I think this suits a Christmas in July celebration better than on December 25 for Australia.
4 Tablespoons of white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 or 4 cloves
5 or 6 cardamon seed pods, peeled
small piece of ginger, peeled
peel & juice of 1 lemon
peel & juice of 1 orange
1 bottle of red wine
90 gram dried fruit (without glace cherries)
60 grams blanched almonds, chopped
0.25 cup of port, rum, brandy, vodka, or similar
Boil cinnamon, sugar, cloves, cardamon, ginger and peel in the water for about 10 minutes*. Remove the peel and spices.
Mix in the juices, fruit and nuts and heat to almost boiling. Take off the stove and mix in the wine.
The port/rum gets mixed in just before serving, but that should be pretty much straight away anyway to drink it hot.
* For a stronger flavour, leave the spices & peels water to sit overnight.
* Image courtesy of Oleksandr Prokopenko (123rf)