Traditional Gluehwein Recipe, Mulled Wine Recipe

Traditional Gluehwein Recipe, Mulled Wine Recipe

by Yvonne Christ

Want to learn how to make your own Gluehwine at home? Yvonne Christ of has the perfect recipe!

Traditional Gluehwein Recipe

The mulled wine (Gluehwein) is a popular beverage and known for being served at Christmas markets in Germany. Follow the smell of spices, oranges, and wine, and you will find a Weihnachtsmarkt. This traditional Gluehwein recipe – mulled wine is easy to prepare. Preparations can be done ahead of time and the mulled wine may be stored in the refrigerator. Just take the wine out of the refrigerator when you want to serve it and reheat.

Ingredients for Traditional Gluehwein Recipe:

2 bottles of dry redwine (I used Merlot) OR 1 l (1.05qt) of red wine and ½ l (0.52 qt) of spring water
4 anise stars
3 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
6-8 whole coriander
8 whole cardamom
250 g (8.81 oz) of brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons of cognac OR brandy (optional)
juice of 1 orange
grated peel of 1 orange

Preparation of Traditional Gluehwein Recipe:

Mix wine or wine-water mixture, orange juice, brandy and sugar and pour into a saucepan. Add spices and orange peel. Mix ingredients with a whisk and slowly heat the liquid to the boiling point while stirring occasionally. When you reach the boiling point turn the heat off. Remove the wine mixture from the stove, cover the saucepan and let it stand for about 30-60 minutes, depending on how strong a spice flavor you want. 

Pass the prepared wine mixture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth. Reheat the mixture for immediate use. (Do not boil!)

The Gluehwein can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator and reheated when needed. 

About the author:

Yvonne Christ was born in Wiesbaden as a fifth child and spent her early childhood there in a rural suburb with her five brothers and one sister; these years formed and defined her. She experienced her teenage and young adult years in Frankfurt am Main, where she later also got married and gave birth to her first two children. After spending one and a half years in Bonn and after having had a third child, she accompanied her husband and immigrated with him to the United States in 1989 who was sent there for professional reasons. Today, she lives close to Washington, DC.

She has four children and by now also four grandchildren. After her children had left the nest, she established the blog A new purpose in life and at the same time a challenge.

A teacher herself, she not only would like to impart and share her experiences as a homemaker, mother, and grandmother but also give an insight into German customs, traditions and the way of life.

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