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 GlÃ¼hfix 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
- or schnapps (optional)
- Break cinnamon stick into pieces. Remove rind from lemon in one long piece.
- In a sauce pan, combine wine, lemon rind, spices, and sugar.
- Simmer covered over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes; do not allow to boil.
- Longer heating times will result in a more cinnamon flavor.
- Taste, adding sugar as needed.
- Serve hot!
- 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.