Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

September 18th, 2010 in Beverage Recipes, With Alcohol by
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Total cooking time: 30min  
Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

I was unfortunate to catch a cold another day, and somewhere in between sneezing and sweating I reminded myself of mulled wine – probably the best drink to warm you up and clear your sinuses.

Mulled wine, or gluehwein (how it is called in Austria and Germany) or glintvein (how it is called in Russia) is a drink prepared by heating red dry wine with various spices and citruses.

This popular in Europe drink is often sold during cold season around Christmas time on open air markets and fairs – it really helps to warm up.

Glühwein is very easy to prepare, if you prefer – use whole spices instead of ground ones, that will make straining part much easier, however ground spices work just fine. Enjoy responsible!

Ingredients:

  • Bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 orange
  • 6 of whole cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of whole anise
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2-3 table spoons of natural honey or sugar to taste

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: if you use whole spices (like cinnamon stick or whole cloves or whole anise) it will be easier to filter them out at the end, however ground ones will work too, just a bit less “clean”:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 1

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 1

  2. Combine spices in the cooking pot:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 2

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 2

  3. Add ½ cup of water and mix:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 3

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 3

  4. Put cooking pot to the burner on moderate heat and bring spicy water to boil; boil for 2 minutes then set cooking pot aside for 10 minutes, let spices to reveal themselves:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 4

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 4

  5. Add natural honey (or if you prefer, sugar) to the cooking pot and put it back to the burner:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 5

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 5

  6. Add whole bottle of wine:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 6

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 6

  7. Wash oranges and slice them into circles:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 7

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 7

  8. And add them to the cooking pot; keep cooking pot heating until mulled wine is hot but make sure it isn’t boiling; then turn heat off:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 8

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 8

  9. Cover cooking pot with a lid leaving small hole to filter out oranges and use small sieve to stain spices off:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 9

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 9

  10. Pour hot mulled wine to heatproof glasses and enjoy:
    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 10

    Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe: Step 10

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2 Responses to “Mulled Wine (Glühwein)”

  1. Jenn Hamblen says:

    Thank you very much for this recipe! It tastes much better than the pre-mix and was so simple. I really appreciate you taking the time to write it down for us. (I, too, now have a cold and this is perfect. :))

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