There are many variations and secret family recipes for making Glühwein. Have fun experimenting with the ingredients to find a combination that perfectly suits your tastes. To start you off, we like to recommend this recipe that is simple to make and easy to customise with whatever spices you please.
Our tried and tested Glühwein recipe
You'll need these ingredients (for 4 serves):
1 bottle red wine
½ orange, cut into slices
½ lemon, cut into slices
Fresh orange and lemon juice (about ¼ - ½ cup) squeezed from remaining unsliced fruit
6 cloves – Some recipes also call for allspice, star anise, nutmeg, cardamom, or fresh ginger. What is your favorite variation?
2 cinnamon sticks
Orange or lemon slices to decorate the mugs
Optional: If you want to kick it up a notch, add a splash (or two!) of kirsch, brandy, rum or triple sec.
How to prepare
Add juice, fruit, sugar and spices to a large saucepan. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour in the wine and optional extra alcohol and heat at medium temperature. Be careful not to let it boil!
Strain the wine into a bowl. Serve hot, decorated with slices of lemon or orange.
And now...enjoy with friends! ❄︎ ❄︎ ❄︎More winter inspiration, please