Gluhwein Recipe
(German Mulled Wine)

This Gluhwein recipe results in a delicious hot spiced wine drink that is a wonderful way to add to the German spirit of any holiday party or other winter gathering.

Through out Germany, Austria, and much of Northern and Central Europe, Gluhwein or other similar mulled wine drinks are staples at Christmas Markets, winter festivals, and even in kitchens at home during the fall and winter months. At markets and festivals, Gluhwein will typically be served in a special commemorative mug which can be kept as a souvenir or the occasion or returned to claim the deposit.

Although some markets will offer a wide variety of hot wine drinks based on any number of different fruit wines, the traditional Gluhwein recipe is made with inexpensive red (grape) wine. Many vendors will offer a "schuss" or shot to be added to the mug of hot wine. The two most common and traditional shots are rum and amaretto.

This recipe serves makes 4-5 mugs of Gluhwein. Double or triple the recipe to serve more people.

*Tip: If making large quantities or frequent batches of Gluhwein, use inexpensive boxed wine. It is easy to store, easy to measure out (750ml = 3 cups), and stays fresh for up to six weeks in the box.


1 cup of Water

1 Bottle (750 ml) of Red Wine

4 Tbsp of Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick

4 Whole Cloves

2 Oranges (one for rind/one for garnish)


Thoroughly clean surface of Oranges
Use Potato Peeler to collect outer Rind from one Orange
Add Water, Cloves, Cinnamon, and Rind to Small Pot
Bring Water to a slow boil
Stir in Sugar
Reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes
Add Wine to Pot and heat (don't boil)

Slice second Orange into thin wheels
Ladel Gluhwein through sieve to collect spices
Add one Orange wheel to each mug and serve.

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