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Staycation Eats: Traditional German Glühwein Recipe

Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!

For the past two years, we’ve spent the holidays in Germany, hopping from one Christmas market to the next, eating gingerbread treats, shopping for delicate, handmade souvenirs, and sipping on glühwein.

And today, I’m feeling a little nostalgic… Christmastime in California is just not the same.

So I came up with an idea.

Since we can’t be in Europe this holiday season, why not bring Germany’s Christmas markets to my own kitchen?

Are you ready to make some glühwein, or what?

Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!

Traditional German Glühwein Recipe

Glühwein is a traditional German holiday drink that tastes just like Christmas. Basically, it’s red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus.

It’s served piping hot in a glass, and it’s everything you need in your life.

Got that?

This traditional German glühwein recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fireplace. And it’s super simple to make, too!

If you have 12 minutes to spare, and some typical pantry ingredients, you’ll be sipping on your own glühwein in no time!

Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season! Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!

 

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Glühwein (German Mulled Wine) Recipe

Glühwein is a traditional German beverage, served during the holiday season. This recipe includes red wine, citrus, cinnamon, and cloves, and is perfect for Christmas parties or simply sitting by the fireplace!

Course Drinks
Cuisine German
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 glasses

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle good-quality red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 7 cloves
  • 1 orange, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice oranges and lemons.

  2. In a pot, add all ingredients and simmer, but do not boil. 

  3. Once the glühwein is hot and the sugar has dissolved, remove the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and fruit slices. 

  4. Serve piping hot in a festive glass or mug.

  5. If desired, garnish with an orange wedge.

 

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Glühwein is a traditional holiday drink in Germany that just tastes like Christmas. Basically, it's red wine, infused with the festive flavors of cloves, cinnamon, and citrus. It's served piping hot in a glass, and it's everything you need in your life. This Christmas drink recipe is perfect for holiday parties, or simply sitting by the fire. Try this traditional German glühwein recipe (mulled wine recipe) this holiday season!

 

Have you visited Christmas markets in Germany before? Have you tried glühwein yet? Send us pictures and leave comments below after you’ve tried out this glühwein recipe!


Maddy Cornelius

Maddy is the co-founder and editor of Travel Alphas. Mint tea, handmade pasta, gelato, and red wine are among her favorite treats. New York City, Budapest, Bali, and Florence are a few of her most-loved destinations.

  • Natalie

    Ooh, this sounds so yummy! I’m not a big fan of eggnog, so this would be a great Christmas drink for me instead. :) And I bet it makes the kitchen smell SO good!

    December 14, 2016 at 6:15 pm Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      It does smell so good! I think it’s the perfect Christmastime drink, and on top of that, it’s sooo easy to make!

      December 14, 2016 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com

    Love German Christmas markets and food and what better way to celebrate the festive season with a glass of Gluehwein or two ;-)

    December 15, 2016 at 3:43 am Reply

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