Glühwein: 4 recipes

Glühwein, which literally translates to “glow wine,” is a staple at every outdoor event throughout the winter months. This holiday season will be a little different due to the Covid-19 situation. There probably won’t be any Christmas markets due to social distancing regulations.

But don’t fret, you can still enjoy a cup of German Christmas Joy. Here are six ways to make it at home: all you need to do is heat the wine, making sure it never boils or the alcohol will boil away. Either add all ingredients straight to the wine or put them in a tea filter and let it sit for at least half an hour before reheating. Pour through a strainer or take out bag of spices. Serve hot.

Red Classic

You can never go wrong with a classic red wine and cinnamon!

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine of choice
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons honey, agave syrup or sugar


Red Cranberry

If you like sweet and fruity drinks, this variation is for you.

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine of choice
  • 17 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2-3 ounces orange liquor (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • optional: dried cranberries (add before serving)


Apple wine

Being a Hessian staple, this could not be missing on my list. Apple wine is far less sweet than one would presume and generally diluted with either lemonade or water so don’t leave that step out or it may taste too bitter.

  • 1 bottle of apple wine of choice
  • 3-4 ounces water
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 lemons, sliced


White vanilla

Try a white take on the classic mulled wine.

  • 1 bottle of dry, white wine of choice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon “gingerbread spice” (look for ‘Lebkuchengewürz’ at any German supermarket)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar, honey or agave nectar