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.
Today, I’m feeling a little nostalgic… Christmastime in California is just not the same. And I thought, if I can’t be in Europe this Christmas, why not bring Germany’s Christmas markets to me?
So I decided to create my own traditional German glühwein (mulled wine) recipe!
Are you ready to make some glühwein, or what?
How to Make Traditional German Glühwein (Mulled Wine)
My 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.
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!
Traditional German Glühwein (Mulled Wine)
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!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 12 minutes
- Yield: 4 glasses 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Cuisine: German
- 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)
- Slice oranges and lemons.
- In a pot, add all ingredients and simmer, but do not boil.
- Once the glühwein is hot and the sugar has dissolved, remove the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and fruit slices.
- Serve piping hot in a festive glass or mug.
- If desired, garnish with an orange wedge.
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Have you visited Christmas markets in Germany before? Have you tried glühwein yet? Rate the recipe below and let us know how it goes!
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!
It does smell so good! I think it’s the perfect Christmastime drink, and on top of that, it’s sooo easy to make!
Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says
Love German Christmas markets and food and what better way to celebrate the festive season with a glass of Gluehwein or two ;-)