Sunday, December 22, 2013

How To Make Glühwein: Traditional Holiday Mulled Wine! :)

I hope you guys enjoyed this how-to/recipe type tutorial for making mulled wine (or what is known as Glühwein in Germany). I had so much fun filming it, and I was so in love with filming Christmas videos that were inspired by the traditions they have in Germany (where the modern celebration of Christmas came from) that I wanted to share my love, excitement, and enthusiasm, with all of you. Below is the recipe for my customized German Glühwein!


You'll need:

2 bottles of a dry red wine (and it is better if it's a cheaper bottle of wine; all the spices mask the flavor anyway hehe)
Whole star anise pods** (See ** below)
Whole black peppercorns**
Whole Clove spice**
Whole cinnamon sticks**
Whole allspice berries**
Orange juice
4 medium-large lemons
2 navel oranges


5-6 All spice berries
1/4 tsp. Whole cloves
1 tsp. Whole black peppercorns
2 Whole star anise pods
4 Whole cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
5 Slices from a navel orange (plus more for garnish)
5 Slices from a lemon (plus more for garnish)
1/3 - 1/2 cup of honey (depending on how sweet you'd like your wine)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 bottles of dry red wine (we used a cabernet sauvignon)
1 1/2 cups of pulp-free orange juice


Add allspice berries, cloves, black peppercorns, and star anise pods, cinnamon sticks, orange and lemon slices into a coffee filter, pot, or large coffee urn. Add your wine, orange juice, and lemon juice into your pot/urn or coffee maker. Turn it on and let it sit to marry together for about 1.5 hrs - 2 hours (even after it has turned off so that the flavours mellow). If using the pot method, turn it on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, keep an eye on it and stir often, and then reduce to low heat for about another hour to an hour and a half!

When you're done feel free to use some Irish Coffee cups (mine were $2.50 from Walmart), garnish with a nice, long cinnamon stick and a couple orange slices (or lemon depending on preference) and you have an amazing drink that is perfect for the holidays (or any cold day :)).



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