The Christmas season in Germany would not be complete without mugs of steaming Glühwein. If you are worried to go another year without the famous AIS Glühwein? Don't worry, you don't have to!
This recipe is spiced to perfection and ideal for the holidays. Don't forget the garnishes as those are the best part of making an authentic Glühwein. For spontaneous holiday partys, check out our Glühwein starter set for sale with the iconic Weihnachtsmarkt Mugs.
Recipe for German Glühwein
Makes 4 servings
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole anise stars
10 whole cloves
4 orange slices (wash the oranges before using)
1 bottle of red wine (ex. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon)
Pour the wine into a pot and add all ingredients. Let the mixture barely simmer on the stove for at least one hour. Stir occasionally. Do not bring to a boil.
Strain the mix and save the orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Fill the Glühwein into 4 mugs and garnish with the orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
If desired you can add a shot of Amaretto or rum to your drink.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic version or want to make some for your kids, you can make Kinder-Glühwein: simply substitute the wine with a mix of 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup cranberry juice and 2 cups grape juice.