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German Mulled Wine: Gluhwein

This easy and warming German Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) is a perfect drink to serve during festive season. It smells like Christmas and serves a crowd!
Course Beverage
Cuisine German
Keyword gluhwein, mulled wine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 10kcal


  • 1.5 liters or 1.5 liquid qt dry red wine 2 bottles
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp allspice (9 berries)
  • 1 tsp cloves whole
  • 4 stars anise
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons Demerara sugar or other sweetener of your choice
  • sliced orange to garnish


  • Bruise your cardamom pods with the back of your knife. Put all ingredients except of sugar in a pot over medium low heat. Before it starts to boil, remove from heat and add sugar. Let sit for up to 30 minutes, strain and serve. To garnish, put a few orange slices in a mug along with a cinnamon stick.
  • To keep the mulled wine warm for a longer time put your mulled wine on a really low heat and pour it into glasses as your guests arrive. Enjoy!



You can add rum or brandy in your mulled wine to give it a stronger flavor. Add 20 ml or 2/3 fluid oz per portion before the mulled wine is ready and simmer for 3 more minutes. Another option is to make it non-alcoholic by substituting grape juice to wine.


Calories: 10kcal | Potassium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg