Classic German Glühwein
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This traditional mulled wine is meant to be served warm. It's perfect for holiday gatherings and apres ski. But be warned, it's stronger than you might think and can go to your head quickly! See below for a non-alcoholic recipe option that was shared with us by a reader named Jackie.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: German
Serves: 6 servings
  • ¾ cup water or orange juice (see Recipe Tips above)
  • ¾ cup sugar (see Recipe Tips above)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle red, rose, or white wine (see Recipe tips above)
  1. Put the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, while whisking, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the orange into the simmering sugar water. Add the orange peel and cloves.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until syrupy.
  4. Add the wine, and heat just until steaming, but not simmering. Strain to remove the peel, cloves, and residual pulp.
  5. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water. Keep remaining glühwein warm.
Non-Alcoholic "Gluhwein": In a large saucepan, heat 4 cups apple juice and 2 cups strong black tea until hot, but not boiling. Add the juice and zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 whole cloves, and 1 cinnamon stick. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Keep it warm, without boiling. Strain before serving to remove the spices, zest, and pulp.
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