Traditional Swedish Drinks

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Traditional Swedish Drinks
Traditional Swedish drinks are served at many national holidays and festivals. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Sweden, in northern Europe, is perhaps most known for its history of Vikings. Today, it is a very health conscious country. Along with a healthy diet, Swedes are also conscious of what they drink, but do know how to relax and celebrate on occasion. Swedish people typically have traditional drinks on holidays like Christmas (Jul), Easter (Pask) and during Mid-Summer.

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Glögg, one of the most famous drinks in Sweden, is a spiced, mulled wine that is served hot during Christmas and the feast of Lucia. Traditionally it is served with shaved almonds and raisins in the bottom. Recipes vary from family to family, and sometime it is made without alcohol for the children to drink. Glögg can be made from scratch or purchased in bottles and has ties back to old Nordic folklore.


Julmust is a drink traditionally served around Christmas that came to be in 1910. It is a type of non-alcoholic soda drink with various spices added and is only available to purchase at Christmas time. During Easter, Påskmust is available. Påskmust is the equivalent of Julmust, but is only available during Easter. Both of these drinks are enjoyed by children and adults.


Cider is a popular alcoholic beverage served in Sweden year round, made by fermenting apples. Traditionally served sparkling, it is sometimes served warm with added spices during the winter. It is a traditional drink served at many occasions like birthday parties, festivals and during the summer.

Traditional Swedish Drinks
Cider is also available in non-alcoholic versions for children. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)


A fermented, sour-milk product, Filmjölk is an acquired taste for many, but is very popular in Sweden during breakfast and other meals. It is usually eaten with cereal or eaten like yoghurt with fruit or honey. This beverage is high in calcium and protein.


Saft is a traditional Swedish drink that is made by mixing saft syrup and water. It is similar to a watered down juice with much less sugar and is enjoyed by many children and adults. Some Swedish people make their own saft from fresh fruits and berries, but it is most commonly bought in the stores. Some popular varieties are Flädder (Elderflower), Lingon (Lingonberry) and Hallon (Raspberry) Saft.

Traditional Swedish Drinks
Saft comes in a variety of flavours and has less calories than regular fruit juice. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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