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Glühwein (Mulled sweet wine)

Glühwein, a cherished winter beverage, traces its origins to ancient Rome, where spiced and heated wine was consumed to stave off the cold. However, the modern incarnation of Glühwein is deeply rooted in German and Nordic traditions. The term "Glühwein" itself translates to "glowing wine" in German, alluding to the warm and comforting nature of this mulled concoction.

During the Middle Ages, the concept of heating wine with spices gained popularity across Europe. It was believed that the warmth of the spiced wine could ward off illnesses and provide respite during the harsh winter months. Over time, the tradition evolved and became intertwined with the festive spirit of Christmas markets, particularly in Germany.

Today, Glühwein is an integral part of holiday celebrations throughout Europe. The aromatic blend of red wine infused with cloves, cinnamon, and citrus not only offers a delightful sensory experience but also serves as a nostalgic link to centuries-old winter customs. Whether enjoyed by a crackling fireplace or amidst the festive ambiance of Christmas markets, Glühwein continues to embody the warmth and conviviality of the holiday season.

Find below our favorite recipe ( and the one we serve at our store)!


1L of dry red wine ( Ideally you want to use bigger and bolder red wines like Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, or Cabernet, but any fruity red wine will do fine. Don't go for anything expensive) 

1 orange ( juice + skin separately)

2 sticks of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of cardamom pods

1 teaspoon of cloves

2 star-anises

50g ginger in slices or 1 teaspoon of ginger powder

1 teaspoon of dried rosemary

200g honey or maple syrup

You can also add some other kinds of alcohol like brandy, whisky, orange liquor etc.

Garnishes: pomegranate seeds, apple slices, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, whipped cream 



In a pot add the red wine and the rest of the ingredients.

Transfer pot over heat and keep it in a simmer ( avoid boil point; you don't want to cook off the alcohol!).

Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. 

If you are adding extra alcohol add it right after taking it off the heat. 

Serve warm in a cup topped with your favorite garnishes.

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