Hot German Spiced, Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe

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I had my first cup of Glühwein years ago at the Nuremberg Christmas market on the coldest day I can remember with the chestnut vendor crying, “Heiße Maroni!” (“Roasted chestnuts!”). There is something about a steaming cup of this wine on a cold winter’s day that warms you more than the temperature or the alcohol of the wine really should.

At the Christmas markets, you can buy the commemorative cup the Glühwein comes in. You are charged a deposit, or Pfand, as part of the price, usually one or two Euros. If you want to keep the cup, feel free. If you want your deposit back, return your empty cup under the sign that says Pfandrückgabe just like in the Biergarten.

During the holiday season, crowds of locals gather at the Christmas markets in Germany in the evenings after work to enjoy a hot drink with friends while bundled up and standing at the tall tables near the Glühwein stand. They aren’t there to shop; rather, they just seem to enjoy the early darkness, the holiday lights of the market and the winter weather with friends. It’s a wonderful sight and an even more wonderful thing to do.

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Mulled Wine (Spiced German Glühwein) Recipe
Glühwein is hot, red wine infused with citrus and spices. This is an authentic German recipe - serve it at your winter holiday parties or enjoy it at home as part of your traditional celebrations.
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6-oz cups
Ingredients
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
6-oz cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the lemon and orange and remove any labels. Cut them in half.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan combine sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to a low boil and simmer until syrupy.
  3. Squeeze the orange and lemon halves into the pan and drop the empty rinds in as well. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Lower the heat and continue to cook without boiling or simmering for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

For Glühwein use any type of red wine as long as it’s a fairly good one. You can’t dress up a bad wine by adding the spices. A slow-cooker is a good way to keep Glühwein warm on a party buffet table.

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