In the holiday season, what could be more magical than glow wine?! That’s what the German word for mulled wine directly translates to. Glühwein has been made for hundreds of years - once upon a time using red hot irons to heat the wine, giving it it’s name. It’s a popular drink for a stroll through Christmas market stalls and a way to warm up after skiing, but you can transport yourself to the Alps without ever leaving your home.
There are many recipe variations when it comes to traditional Glühwein, but it generally relies on red wine, sugar (we are using honey), citrus, and spices. And the warm, wintry smell lingering throughout your home makes this as much of a treat to make as it is to consume.
Ingredients (Serves 8-10)
- 1½ bottles Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, or other full-bodied Red Wine Recipe Kit
- 1 cups water
- 1 cup Honey
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 8 whole allspice berries
- 1 star anise pod
- ½ oz Sweet Orange Peel
- 10 cloves, whole
- 8 Juniper Berries
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange slice
In a large pot, combine the water, honey, cinnamon sticks, allspice and star anise. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a mild simmer. Add juniper berries and lemon juice into the pot.
Simmer until the mixture has reduced to about half its volume, then add your wine and heat until just below simmering. Pour into glasses garnished with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. Some people also choose to add a shot of whiskey or rum, but if you’re looking to go a little extra on the mulled wine - brandy makes an excellent addition.