Gluehwein / Gluhwein

"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 and can't wait to try it. I modified it slightly based on its reviews."
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  • 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.).

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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. I tried first tried some at the Christkindl Market in Chicago, and really wanted to make my own. After following this recipe it tasted exactly the same! Warms you up on the coldest days. 0
  4. Made this for my Austrian In-laws during the holiday and it was a hit! THANKS!
  5. Excellent, and easy recipe! Much better than the ready-mixed bottles that I was used to, especially if you use a half decent bottle of wine. A success with wintery dinner and friends!


  1. Good recipe... I use a crock-pot to both make and serve it. The pot keeps it hot. Cheers!
  2. delish!.....but I did add 4 whole Jamaican allspice when simmering. I think that is very important as any mulled wine pkgs from England have allspice as the first ingredient in the list.
  3. lowered the sugar & water from 3/4 & 3/4 to 1/2 & 1/2 per 750


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