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Glühwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

Around the Christmas season, public houses in nearly every European town offer mulled wine as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, you can make your own glühwein at home

Ingredients
  • 4 qts dry red wine (e.g., zinfandel, pinot, burgundy)
  • 1 C white sugar (more to taste)
  • 1 pt brandy
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp mace
  • 1 qt dry white wine
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon

Garnish

  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, sliced
Directions

Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and begin gentle heating. Add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add brandy and white wine, slices of 1 orange and the lemon. Steep for 1 hour over low heat. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick.

  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Makes 12-15 servings.
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