There might be a thousand gluhwein recipes floating around in the world – from simple ones with only a few ingredients to secret family recipes with numerous tasty additives. In my experience, it’s all delicious and I have yet to drink a mug of gluhwein I didn’t like. So, here are two ways to make gluhwein – the old-fashioned way and the easy way.
How to Make Gluhwein the Old-Fashioned Way
Here’s a simple recipe with no special flavors added. Some gluhwein recipes have more citrus while others have a nutty flavor and still others lean towards woody aromas. This recipe is a simple blend of basic spices and makes enough to generously serve ten or twelve people:
2 bottles red wine
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1/2 lemon, sliced
20 whole cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
6 to 8 cinnamon sticks
Mix water, lemon and spices and simmer for an hour. Strain. Heat but do not boil the red wine. Add wine to hot water mixture. Ladle gluhwein into cups and serve with half a slice of orange for garnish.
You will find it’s easier and less messy to make gluhwein if you have a tea ball or cheese cloth for the cloves and cinnamon.
How to Make Gluhwein the Easy Way
The easiest way to make gluhwein is to use Jodlers gluhwein mix which you can purchase online.
To make it using gluhwein mix you simply:
1. Heat Your Wine
2. Pour in a dash of gluhwein mix
3. Stir & serve
Gluhwein is exceptionally popular in European countries, especially during the Christmas holidays, and goes by many names (depending upon what language). Here are some other names, by country, for gluhwein:
English = Mulled Wine, Spiced Wine, or Gluehwein
German = Gluhwein (glow wine) or Gluehwein (sort of the English version)
French = vin chaud
Italian = vin brule
Romanian = vin fiert
Swedish = Glogg (pronounced gloog)
Hungarian = Forralt bor (hot wine)
If you want to know more about making gluhwein from scratch or with a mix, visit Gluhwein.Net where you will find descriptions and even a video about making gluhwein.