Recipes Across the World: Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)

If you happen to’ve ever been to a Christmas market — you could be aware of Glühwein, or mulled wine. It’s a scrumptious, wine-based drink brimming with spices and citrus flavors. If you happen to’ve by no means had it earlier than, it’s similar to sangria, although served heat and with a couple of different additions.

The title “glühwein,” actually interprets to imply ‘glowing wine,’ which is a reasonably apt title, when you ask me. This scrumptious concoction warms you up when the climate chills and does go away you feeling relatively glowy.

If you happen to dream of visiting Christmas markets sooner or later otherwise you wish to imbibe a few of that vacation cheer — I’m sharing this scrumptious recipe on the weblog right this moment!

The most effective half about this recipe is this can be very straightforward to make, you possibly can customise it to your liking, and most of the substances are ones you may have already got available!

Right here’s the recipe for make glühwein, or German mulled wine at dwelling!


  • 1 bottle of dry pink wine (suppose Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, or Pinot Noir — one thing that’s “dry” has much less sweetness; there isn’t a want to make use of an costly wine right here since you’ll be including different flavors to it. So when you’re selecting one thing up from the shop, follow the $10-$15 vary)
  • 4-5 star anise
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 8-10 complete cloves
  • 3-Four cardamom pods
  • 2 oranges, minimize into quarters
  • 2 cups apple cider (Martinelli’s Glowing Cider is kind of beautiful!)
  • 1/Four maple syrup (or 1/Four cup of honey; brown sugar might additionally work however you’ll have to dissolve it in water/make a easy syrup)


  • For a bit extra heat and alcohol, earlier than serving the wine, add 1 shot of brandy per cup! (I’ve heard issues like amaretto or bourbon make beautiful additions, too!)
  • I’ve seen different recipes embody vanilla bean pods or a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Please use this recipe as a base and also you’re welcome so as to add extra or fewer spices, relying on what you’ve got available.

Recipe + Preparation

You’ll discover many variations for mulled wine and alternative ways to organize it—some of us wish to make a easy syrup out of the spices, sugar, and water, and let that condense down earlier than placing it within the wine.

I think about this methodology is nice for preserving the alcohol content material within the wine, however so long as you don’t go away the wine simmering for too lengthy (as to not burn out the alcohol), I want this methodology under. In my view, it’s straightforward (learn: nice for the lazy chef!), however you continue to get all of the scrumptious taste.

  1. Collect all of your substances. Slice up the orange into quarters. Place all of the spices in a big pot. Then add the maple syrup (or honey), apple cider, and wine.
  2. Flip the warmth to medium. Stir the substances collectively and convey the combination as much as a low simmer (don’t let it get to boiling — that is when the alcohol will start to prepare dinner out and your combination will slowly start to scale back).
  3. As soon as it’s at a simmer, flip down the warmth to low and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  4. You’re welcome to let it sit longer to absorb extra of the flavors or drink immediately!
  5. Pressure earlier than serving in order that no cloves or cardamom pods find yourself in your cup (they’re fairly bitter by themselves).
  6. Elective: Add a shot of brandy to every glass earlier than serving.

Closing  Ideas

There are such a lot of totally different variations you can make, so be at liberty to make use of this recipe as a base, and swap up proportions.

If you happen to’re making mulled wine at dwelling or when you’ve made it earlier than — I’d love to listen to what you used and the way it turned out! Let me know within the feedback under!

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