Gluehwein is a spiced mulled wine, commonly prepared hot during winter in Austria and Germany. The warm alcoholic beverage is a must in Christmas markets as well as in après ski parties.
Learn how to make Gluhwein with the mulled wine recipe below.
You might have come across a hot spiced Gluehwein beverage before, especially if you have visited central Europe in the cold Christmas time.
The advent period (4 Sundays before Christmas) is the time of the year when you indulge the magic of Christmas to its fullest.
For that reason you will see typical Christmas markets, better known as Christkindlmarkt, selling the so called Gluehwein to the visitors in Austria, Germany as well as the rest of central Europe.
It’s an incredible experience to spend time with your family and friends in such a Christmas market, with the snow crystals falling from heaven, the voice of the carols enchanting your senses, the beautiful colored warming lights, the aroma of sweets and baked goods and you with a cup of hot spiced mulled wine warming your heart from within.
Another occasion, where it is common to drink the Gluehwein, is the 5 th of December. The 6 th of December is commonly known as St.Nikolas day and that’s the day when the Saint comes to bring Chocolates, Sweets and Oranges to well behaved Children.
But before St.Nikolas visits with his angles, the demons come back to life to take with them the naughty kids and that’s what the 5 th is all about.
Those demons from old times are young boys and man from the Village in the mountains, wearing thick stinking mutton furs, huge hand carved demon face masks and massive bells.
You get the idea why at that point you would need an alcoholic infused Gluehwein!
Then of course you can prepare mulled wine whenever you feel like drinking some. There are countless occasions where a mulled wine, Gluhwein, might just be the hit.
For example as an Après ski drink, a new years eve warm up drink or as a comforting winter beverage which you enjoy at home with your family and friends.
Gluehwein Recipe – Spiced Austrian & German Mulled Wine and how do you make mulled wine below:
- 500 milliliter Red Wine
- 100 milliliter Water
- 1 (5,5 cm long) Cinnamon stick
- 1 Star Anis
- ½ Vanilla Bean
- pinch Nutmeg
- 1 Orange
- 10 Cloves
- Sugar to your linking
- Pour the Wine and Water into a pot together and keep on slow heat.
- Slice your orange and push your 10 cloves into the slices.
- Add all the spices including the vanilla bean and the seeds that you have scraped out before, the orange with the clove and the sugar, into the pot with the wine. Keep on slow heat (it should never boil!) and cover the pot for 15-20 minutes. Strain all the spices and serve instantly hot in a cup.
How do you warm up mulled wine?
Just pour the spiced wine into a sauce pan or small pot and keep on medium heat for a few minutes until it gets hot. The mulled wine should never boil because the flavors get way to intense and change it a bit bitter.
Don’t reheat the mulled wine in the micro wave, the effect will be the as boiling the Gluehwein, the flavors will change and give the mulled wine a burned taste.
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