German Mulled Wine Recipes
How To Make Gluehwein

There are many German mulled wine recipes, however, this one is a favourite of mine.

In Germany mulled wine is known as Gluehwein and is a typical Christmas drink. At the Christmas markets you will find many stands serving hot Gluehwein in mugs with a Christmas motif on the side.

If you want to know how to make German mulled wine, then follow my easy recipe.

German Christmas Mulled Wine


Glühwein roughly translated means "glow-wine," from the hot irons once used for mulling and is very popular in Germany.

Glühwein is usually prepared from red wine which is then heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, and sugar. It is sometimes drunk mit Schuss (with a shot), which means that rum or some other liquor has been added. You can also make it non alcoholic so the kids can enjoy it too.

I love all the traditional festive spices such as cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel free to add your own favourite spices too. The great thing about mulled wine is you can prepare it in advance and then let it gently cook on the hob to let all the flavours mingle with each other.

Leave your mulled wine on a low heat so it is ready when guests pop in at Halloween and over the Christmas period.

1 bottle red wine
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
50g brown sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 dried bay leaf
few cloves

Put the wine in a saucepan with the sugar, orange slices, bayleaf and the spices.

Heat the wine gently until the sugar is dissolved. Taste and add more sugar if necessary.

Strain the Gluehwein into mugs or heatproof glasses and serve.

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Zachary - USA

Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!

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