Seasonal Drink: Gluhwein Recipe

Seasonal Drink: Gluhwein Recipe



Need another hot seasonal alcoholic drink to add alongside the hot toddy and Baileys with hot chocolate? Try this German mulled wine, Gluhwein (literally glue wine... yum!)


I first tried Gluhwein when I visited Germany a few years ago. I was shopping in one of the many Christmas Markets in Marienplatz and my nose led me to a small stand that was serving this drink up in small stein like mugs. It was a very cold evening and this hot spiced wine was exactly what I needed to get me through the rest of my shopping. I actually didn’t think about this Gluhwein much until I had returned to the states and another winter had arrived. I had a strong nostalgic feeling for some hot Gluhwein and I decided to just make my own.


Here’s a good recipe that makes almost nearly the same drink you can get in Christmas markets throughout Germany.



What you’ll need:


3/4 Cup water 

3/4 Cup white sugar (I usually add this to taste)

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange

16 whole cloves/or allspice

Bottle of red wine (merlot seems to work best)




1 Add water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks into saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer once boiling.

2 Cut orange into fourths and squeeze juice into simmering water. Push 4 cloves into each of the orange slices and place these pieces into the water.

3 Simmer for about 30 minutes until it becomes thick and syrupy.

4 Pour in wine and heat until steaming. Afterwards remove the orange pieces.


Serves 6