Traditional Gluhwein Recipe!


Darryl M.

If we were to name one Holiday drink that gives us all the feels, mulled wine is it. Strolling through Christmas Markets sippin' on a Gluhwein simply can't be beat. 

Admittedly there are hundreds of different recipes for Gluhwein, and everyone has their own personal touch, but here's a sure thing... 


  • 2 Bottles of Dry Red Wine (a Cabernet Sauvignon works well, and no need to break the bank with the wine choice here).
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
  • 10 Whole Cloves
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 Whole Star Anise
  • Amaretto or Rum ("optional", but....)


  1. Juice the orange into a bowl and set aside. 
  2. Combine the water and sugar into a pot on medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. 
  3. Reduce the heat and add the orange juice, cloves, cinnamon and star anise. 
  4. Simmer until it starts to look syrupy, about a minute or two. 
  5. Reduce heat even lower and add the wine. 
  6. Keep it at a very low simmer for at least 20 minutes. Don't boil it!
  7. Strain, add the liquor if using and enjoy!


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