Eat like a German - German Recipe:
Mulled Wine (3)

Mulled Wine (3)
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Mulled Wine, called "Glühwein" in German, is a traditional and tasty Christmas drink in Germany and the prefect treat for cold winter days. You can buy mulled wine at every German Christmas market, but why not make it at home?

Mulled wine, variations of which are popular around the world, is wine, usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm. Historically, wine often went bad. By adding spices and honey, it could be made drinkable again. Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.

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  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 6 sticks of cinnamon
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3-5 anis (whole)
  • optional ingredients: cardamom, nutmeg (to taste), 1 cup of brandy


Pour the red wine into a large pot and begin heating over low heat (don't boil). Add cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and anis (and optional ingredients to taste). Heat thouroughly, then add the sliced oranges and lemon. Simmer the mixture about 45 minutes over low heat (make sure not to boil the wine).

Have a try and add more sugar if you want to; then strain and serve the drink hot in pre-warmed glasses or mugs. Garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick and enjoy your traditional German mulled wine.

This recipe is very flexible - if you like your mulled wine sweeter, just add more sugar; if you want it stronger, add some brandy or rum. You can also experiment with other spices, such as bay leaves or ginger, or you can put some kumquats (mini oranges) into the glasses.

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