German Mulled Wine (Glühwein) contains all traditional Christmas spices as well as a fruity hint of citrus.It’s very easy to make and it looks impressive!
Do you already know what drinks to serve on your Christmas dinner? Here is a creative option for you: German mulled wine (Glühwein). It’s sold on every Christmas market in Germany and its spicy and sweet smell is associated with Christmas. It contains all traditional Christmas spices like cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, as well as a fruity hint of citrus. Mulled wine is so easy to make and yet it’s so impressive and tastes so good! All you have to do is combine dry red wine, spices, orange slice, orange juice and a bit of sugar and heat it all. To make your home smell like Christmas, put your mulled wine on a really low heat and pour it into glasses as your guests arrive. I guarantee, this festive and warming German mulled wine will hit the spot! It’s especially good with traditional German Christmas cookies – Lebkuchen.
There are many varieties of mulled wine: you can add brandy or rum, you can use white wine instead of red, make it out of cider instead of wine, add apples, lemon, raisins or ginger wine to enhance the flavor. The origins of mulled wine go back to Romans, who brought wine from the South of Europe to the North as they were conquering it. During winter, they heated it up and added some spices. It’s no wonder that mulled wine stayed in Europe for centuries because of how delicious and warming it is.
When you make mulled wine, the only thing to pay close attention to is to not let it boil. Otherwise, there are no precise rules. You can add any other spices you like, any kind of alcohol or fruits. To garnish, put a half of an orange slice on the rim of a glass. These nice holiday themed mason jars with handles would be great for mulled wine!