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Warm Spiced Wines From Europe: Gluhwein, Glögg and British Mulled Wine

Updated on January 4, 2014

Types of Mulled Wines

Mulled wines are usually red, combined with spices and served warm. Several variations of mulled wine are served across Europe as a traditional drink from autumn thru winter, especially around Christmas.

The most common mulled drinks are British mulled wine, Glögg from Nordic countries and Gluhwein from Germany.

Mulled drinks are made with any basic red wine such as Zinfandel, Merlot and Syrah. Recipes often specify a somewhat sweet "cheap" or "inexpensive" wine.


In several Nordic countries, mulled wines are served.

Proper names for the drink include:

Glögg in Sweden and Iceland

Glögg in Norway and Denmark Gløgg

Glögi in Estonia and Finland.

Versions of the drink are sometimes served in American homes, where the drink is (mis)spelled "glog" or "glogg".

German Gluhwein

Gluhwein is a hot spiced wine that is traditional in Germany. During the cold months, open air markets appear, serving Gluhwein, snacks, holiday decorations, and other collectibles.

Traditional recipes involve slowly steeping wine, spices and fruit to perfection. A simpler preparation uses "tea bags" of spices, called Glühfix to simplify making the drink. Regardless of the recipe, Gluhwein is served hot, often with a shot of liquor added.

British Mulled Wine

Like other mulled wines, British versions use slightly sweet red wine, cinnamon sticks, sugar, cloves, and fruits such as oranges. In the United Kingdom, mulled wine is often enjoyed during the evening, at home or while out shopping.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Hard to make a choice between these! Whichever I drank, I'm sure a few sips would be enough to do me in. (I have low alcohol tolerance!)