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Updated on November 13, 2014

Gluhwein - Hot Spiced Wine

Gluhwein (hot spiced wine) is a traditional winter drink in Germany.

Beginning in Fall, German open air markets serve Gluhwein.

Gluhwein is a type of mulled wine. Mulled wines are usually red in color, combined with spices and served warm.

Gluhwein is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.

When to Serve Gluhwein

Gluhwein is a great warm drink on a cold Fall or Winter evening. This warm spicy wine makes an excellent choice for holiday dinner parties.

Entertainers make Gluhwein using traditional recipes or simply add pre-mixed spice bags.

German specialty stores offer "tea bags" of spices, called Glühfix to simplify making the drink.

Basic Gluhwein Recipe

This is a basic recipe for Gluhwein. Most recipes specify any inexpensive red wine. Cheaper wines have a higher sugar content, which makes them more suitable for making Gluhwein.


  • 750 ml red wine
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Rind of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • rum
  • brandy
  • vodka
  • or schnapps (optional)


  1. Break cinnamon stick into pieces. Remove rind from lemon in one long piece.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine wine, lemon rind, spices, and sugar.
  3. Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes; do not allow to boil.
  4. Longer heating times will result in a more cinnamon flavor.
  5. Taste, adding sugar as needed.
  6. Serve hot!
  7. Add a shot of rum, brandy, vodka or schnapps if desired.

European Hot Spiced Wines

Several European traditions include mulled wine (hot spiced wine). English mulled claret is a similar drink made with wine and orange rind. Swedish glogg is a complex mulled wine drink made with red wine and spices.

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I wouldn't be able to drink much, but I'd love a taste!