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)
4 cloves
2 bay leaves (optional)
2 cinnamon sticks
And mugs

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.


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5 Comments on “Gluhwein”

  1. gnomes77 Says:

    I usually add coriander seeds as well!
    Also if you take all the spices and boil them in about half an inch of water for 10 minutes (until it’s mostly evaporated) then add the wine and lemon (and brandy) just to heat it, there is NO chance that the alcohol will evaporate!
    Does that make me seem like I have a drinking problem?

    PS, the Trader Joe’s $2.99 wine is perfect for this!

  2. Lena Says:

    it sounds delicious and the perfect compliment to a chilly nyc night!

  3. Manda Says:

    Oh man, that sounds so good. I think I’m going to make it for after this week 😉

  4. tomorrowtomorrow Says:

    Thanks for the blog comment!

    I don’t think many Americans do drink it, but I’ve become quite popular at parties when I bring some along! 😉 I’ve spent quite a lot of time in Germany, so that’s where I acquired my taste for Gluhwein. 🙂

    Just saw that the previous post is about Weiner Schnitzel–my FAVORITE! I’m really looking forward to checking out your blog!


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