Printable Glühwein Recipe

Homemade Glühwein

Continuing on with our boozy Christmas todays Advent gift is a recipe for Glühwein.

Glühwein literally translates as 'Glow Wine' from German. It's a warm, delicious, spicy cup of Christmas coziness. I was first introduced to this tasty concotion at one of the famous Christmas markets the dot Munich and all German cities starting in mid-November. 

Everyone stands around in the cold and/or snow with mittens on drinking hot cups of the stuff. It's a mulled, somewhat sweet wine, with citrus and spice flavors. It also comes in stores pre-made that you can warm up at home, or you can make your own. 

The smell alone will add a ton of Christmas spirit to your abode. 


3/4 cup water
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
2-4 cardamom pods
1 orange
10 cloves
1 bottle of red wine


In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom pods. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.

Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.

Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs that have been preheated in warm water. Garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick.

Here's a recipe page download for the Glühwein. Bottoms up!

Creative Commons image courtesy of Conrad Plano

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