German Mulled Wine | Glühwein
Perfect for a holiday gathering, this warm mulled wine recipe is ready to serve in 30 minutes. It’s so easy to make on the stove, or mull it in the slow cooker.
It’s kind of like mulled cider……only better! Mulled Wine, or Glühwein as it’s called in German speaking countries, is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays. I’m serving it up today for a Thanksgiving Cocktail Bloghop hosted by Home Stories A to Z.
I recently learned about Mulled Wine at a wine tasting event at our local grocery store. I was chatting and sampling wine with the fun lady at the yellow tail table, when she told me about Glühwein, or mulled wine. She said mulled wines have been warming people for centuries. Typically made with red wine, the wine is sweetened, spiced and heated. She assured me that the mulled wine is a delightful alternative to traditional coffee, cider or a hot toddy at holiday gatherings or just on a cold winter’s night. I wrote down everything she told me, bought a bottle of yellow tail sangria and figured I’d make it for one of our holiday gatherings.
She said the secret to a good mulled wine, is to toast the spices in a pan for a bit to intensify their flavors, and to add a little apple cider, honey and brandy to the wine. It’s like a mix between a spicy mulled cider, sangria and a punch. It’s definitely sweet and tangy and tastes just like Christmas in a glass! And it’s guaranteed to warm you up on a cold winter day.
I made mine on the stove top, but it can also be kept warm in a slow cooker to serve at your next holiday party.
Mulled wine is cheap easy and forgiving. Use a cheap red wine, that is fruity. Whole spices – I picked mine up in the bulk section at Whole Foods, that way you can just buy a small amount. Heat/toast the spices in a pan for a bit, add them to the pot of wine, with a little honey and apple cider. And let it simmer. How simple is that? I added some lemon, lime and orange slices before serving and just a little brandy. You could omit the brandy and add it to each glass if you’d prefer.
Now you’re ready to fill up your glasses and snuggle by the fire or party!
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Be sure to check out more Holiday Cocktail Recipes from the other bloggers.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cocktail – Home Stories A to Z | Pumpkin Pie Martini – Sand & Sisal | Low Calorie Hot Apple Pie Cocktail – The Picket Fence | Mulled Wine – TidyMom | Maple Cidertini Martini – Finding Home | Cranberry Fizz Mocktail – Thistlewood Farms | Quick Hot Apple Cider – Four Generations One Roof