Classic Mulled Wine (Gluehwein)

Classic Mulled Wine (Gluehwein)Gluehwein is a German classic mulled wine that is enjoyed during the holidays and cold weather. It is available at stalls at the Christmas markets and offered after skiing—and Germans and Austrians love to serve it in their homes. Be forewarned, because you drink it hot, the alcohol goes quickly to your head!

This recipe is made with red wine. We also have a Mulled White Wine recipe in our archives.

Classic Mulled Wine (Gluehwein) Recipe
Yields 6 servings

3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange
10 whole cloves
1 bottle of red wine

Dissolve the sugar
In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer.

Simmer the spice mixture
Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place the peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until the liquid is thick and syrupy.

Add the wine
Pour in the wine, and bring up the heat until it is steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves.

To serve
Serve the mulled wine hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water so they won’t break with the thermal shock.

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