Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
This is a traditional German/Austrian holiday drink that is often enjoyed after a chilly day of skiing. I got this recipe from Else on Allrecipes.com and can't wait to try it. I modified it slightly based on its reviews.
- 3⁄4 cup water (or orange juice)
- 3⁄4 cup white sugar (or less to taste)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange
- 10 whole cloves
- 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine
- In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.
- Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
- Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves.
- Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.).
As you look at other gluhwein recipes, I think you will see a key difference. This recipe appropriately adds the wine at the end and only until warmed, thereby maintaining the alcohol content of the wine. Fantastic recipe. I made some prior to Thanksgiving dinner prep and put it into a good coffee carafe... Enjoyed it for the subsequent 4 hours. Thanks for posting!
Rip-snorting good! The first batch was consumed on a cold pre-Christmas night in a matter of minutes. Near the end, the sweetness had become a bit much for me (wife still liked it), so for the next night (tonight) we went from 3/4 & 3/4 on the sugar/water to 1/2 & 1/2.... but doubled the batch :) I like it like this, a bit less sweet... I think this will be made for at least the next three nights to get us through this 2016 Christmas weekend! Thanks for posting, this one is a KEEPER!
Also should be stated to use a dry red wine.