Hot mulled wine is the right drink for the cold season. In Austria people get red noses from drinking Gluhwein at Christmas Markets. But really, just have a Gluhwein party at home with your friends. It’s cozy and your homemade Gluhwein will probably taste better anyway.
While many Gluhwein recipes recommend inexpensive wine, I would argue for your head’s sake to take a wine you usually like to drink.
A bottle dry red wine (zinfandel, merlot, burgundy)
2/3 (150gr) cup sugar
Juice and peel of one small lemon
2 cardamom pods (optional)
2 bay leaves (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks
Put everything in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat for about 30 minutes – it should never boil, just steam. Otherwise you lose all the alcohol. Taste it and when you think it’s perferct remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks. This way your stomach won’t get upset.
Yeah and if you ever have the chance to be in Vienna around Christmas time and you like the feel of the imperial, visit the Christmas Market at Schoenbrunn.