December 28, 2020

Glühwein Recipe

Glühwein Recipe

I have so many wonderful memories of sipping this warm, spicy red wine while seated by a fireplace, indulging in relaxed conversation with friends. Those memories comfort me, now that connection and contact is so limited these days. I love this wintery drink and here in the Northern Hermisphere it is perfect for the festive season.


3/4 cup of water
1/4 cup of white sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 orange
10 cloves
2 star anise
1 bottle/750ml of cheap red wine (I used Odd Bins 934 - Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2015)


  1. In a large pot or saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Bring the mixture to the boil until the sugar melts and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer.
  3. Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice of both halves out into the simmering water.
  4. Push all the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place the peel in the simmering water, along with the star anise.
  5. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
  6. Pour into thick mugs or warm glasses and enjoy by a warm fire with friends!

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