Traditional German Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

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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!


  • 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)


  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.