German Mulled Wine: Glühwein

mulled wine

I made the Santa discovery at a very young age. My classmates at the JCC had warned me something was fishy about the old man and the sleigh story and I agreed.  The deal was sealed when my Dad, Jan, insisted that Santa had no interest in carrots for the reindeer and a mugful of milk. “Father Christmas likes glühwein.” “Hmm.. so does Jan, " I thought. My mother's response to my queries was genius (the woman should have been a politician): “He is real to those who believe in him.” Absolutely spot on.

Years later, Christmas is still my favorite and I have discovered, with enough mulled wine, Santa becomes easier to spot. Glühwein is the German mulled favorite, served hot at Christmas markets and holiday parties. It reminds me of a roasty toasty Sangria. As usual, there is no exact science involved in its creation, just a list of suggested inclusions to be tweaked and adjusted to your fancy. Please do not pour your fanciest Bordeaux in the cauldron; a couple bottles of two buck chuck will do.


RECIPE: 6 big glasses

½ cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
10 whole cloves
1 (750 ml) bottle red wine

2 star anise

-Simmer  water, sugar, star anise, and cinnamon stick (reduced heat)

-Cut orange in half and squeeze juice in. Stud peel with cloves and throw in. Continue to cook till syrupy

-Pour in wine and heat until ready to serve.. do not let it boil away. Remove orange peel and serve. 

Posted on December 10, 2013 and filed under drinks, world travel.