Gluhwein – German Mulled Wine for #SundaySupper

by Renee on December 16, 2012

Gluhwein aka Glühwein - German Mulled Wine | Magnolia Days

Bring on the holiday parties! It’s a season of cheer and merriment so we might as well have some fun. What better way than to celebrate with family and friends? Oh, and there are co-workers too. Sometimes I forget about company holiday parties. It has been a few years since I went to one of those. Anyway, one sure way to get festive and warm up at the same time is with Gluhwein (or Glühwein as spelled in German).

The first time I had Gluhwein was in Germany. It was when I went on a trip there with my mother. We went in February for her birthday. One thing for sure, it is darn cold there in February. I think the “warmest” day there was a whopping 33 degrees. We went shopping one day in Nurmberg and I was chilled to the bone. Luckily we spotted some Glühwein. The hot mulled wine warmed me up in a flash.

I had to have some on my recent trip there. It was about the same scenario – a cold day walking around Regensburg. My mom saw a sign in a window and we immediately went in to get some. Oh how it hit the spot again. I knew I would have to make some after I returned home. Then I could enjoy it with some of my annual treats like spiced pecans.

The recipe is one I created to suite my taste. Most recipes I found had a lot of clove or some ingredients or methods that did not appeal to me. Traditionally the spices and citrus are heated with the wine. I wanted to make it in a way to add wine at the end so it would not heat long at all. Oh, and use a light, dry red wine such as a Pinot Noir and one you would drink by itself.

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Gluhwein (Glühwein) – German Mulled Wine

Gluhwein (Glühwein) – German Mulled Wine

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cardamom seeds/pods
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise pods
  • Peel and juice of 1 orange
  • Peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry red wine (pinot noir recommended)

Put all ingredients except the wine in a small pot. Stir ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 45 mintutes to 1 hour.

Pour syrup into a larger pot through a strainer or sieve. Discard spices and citrus peels. Add the wine to the pot and heat to just under a simmer. Watch over and do not let it boil. Serve hot.

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veronica gantley December 16, 2012 at 5:55 am

I love this version of mulled wine. It is the time of year for it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Family Foodie December 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

I have never made mulled wine… now I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing during #SundaySupper

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Cindys Recipes December 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

Sounds inviting Renee. Perfect for a party!

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Hezzi-D December 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

I love mulled wine and this sounds perfect for a holiday party.

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Rhonda December 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

I lived in the Eifel area of Germany near the Mosel river, there they use white wine versus red.

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:06 am

Interesting. I’ll have to try it with white wine some day. I think the citrus part would go well with certain ones.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious December 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

That looks good! I have a Mulled Wine coming up on my blog on Friday…slightly different. Like your version!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks Dorothy. I can’t wait to see your recipe too.

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal December 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’ve never had mulled wine, but this sounds terrific. I love the citrus in it. Like a warm sangria!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

I had not thought about it being like a warm sangria. So true.

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Liz December 16, 2012 at 10:20 am

So fun that you brought home some inspiration from Germany! This looks perfect for a holiday party!!! The star anise is a gorgeous garnish, too :)

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

Thanks Liz! I do love the way star anise looks. I even thought about making some sort of kitchen Christmas ornament or decoration with them.

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Momma's Meals December 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

Oh this seems right up my ally!! Can’t wait until this little bambino is born so I can enjoy a nice cocktail like this! Happy #SundaySupper!

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina December 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

I love mulled wine! I bet this smells like Christmas!

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Beate December 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Gluehwein is a “must” at all of our parties. Your version looks fantastic!!!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thanks Bea! That’s a real compliment coming from a German.

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Sheila Fretz December 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I have never had mulled wine and now I want to try this.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

A very warming drink for sure! I can´t get enough of this combination of spices, they work so well in so many things!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thanks Paula. I thought about using the combination in baked goods (like a bundt cake). Perhaps soon.

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Linda-There and Back Again December 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I have always wanted to try mulled wine, and yours looks just right. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite December 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Mulled wine is one of my favourite things about the Christmas season

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Yes, it is to me too. Quite festive.

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Tara December 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Now that sounds great. I love mulled wine!!

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Soni December 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Oh Renee, I cannot wait to try this!! I love the sound of spices simmering in red wine and it sounds perfect for the winter months :)

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Conni Smith December 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I first had this when we lived in Germany. I was so delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thanks Conni and thanks also for hosting the event!

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Sarah December 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Wow! If I drank I’d love this one!

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Katie December 16, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I have never tried this kind of a drink before – it sounds awesome!!!

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The Wimpy Vegetarian December 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Oh I love mulled wine!!! And using cardamom, my favorite spice, is genius. I’m totally making this!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

I have started using cardamom more lately. It is a wonderful spice.

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Heather @girlichef December 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

I love that you found a way to make gluwein without simmering the wine. Gotta keep that alcohol content… you know, for good measure. It helps with the warming ;) This sounds wonderful, Renee!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Thanks Heather! I agree, not simmering the wine for an hour or so does help keep the alcohol content and I think it is better for the overall flavor.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked December 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Renee, can you believe I’ve never had mulled wine?! I’m a bit of a lush so it’s shocking, really. It sounds amazing though! I was at a holiday party a few weeks ago and one of the hosts made mulled wine. They also made homemade Baileys so I drank that all night instead of trying the wine. Darned missed opportunities! I can’t wait for the day that I do try this. Happy holidays!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

Yep, darn missed opportunities. You do need to try it soon.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Love the idea of steeping all the spices first, then adding the wine!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thanks Brianne. The thought of red wine heating for a while did not sound good to me.

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Carla December 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I was wondering what this was when I saw the name. Wouldnt mind trying this!

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Stephanie Zielinski December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Sounds fantastic! I cannot wait to try it :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Love all the spices, sounds delicious!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thanks Erin. It smells so great when the spices and citrus are simmering.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

This looks fabulous! I’ve never had it but I might just change that. Its interesting that its served hot!

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Renee December 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

You have to try it Lyn! Especially on a really cold day. It warms you up nicely.

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) December 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Yummmm…this sounds so warm and delicious!!

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chatteringkitchen December 17, 2012 at 12:51 am

Love the addition of the star anise. Cant wait to try this

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Megan December 17, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is a beautiful drink. YUM.

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The Ninja Baker December 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Germany is famous for its cold and tummy-warming food and drink. Thank you, Renee, for sharing your family story and recipe!

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Sunithi December 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Never made mulled wine before & this seems like a great recipe. Beautiful. love the spice in it. Will try it !

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