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German Glühwein
Christmas Glühwein in Munich, Germany
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German Glühwein

Glühwein is the name for mulled wines in German-speaking countries. You can get Glühwein in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and few other German-speaking areas. Glühwein is exceptionally popular during the Christmas holidays and is commonly served in outdoor Christmas markets along with a variety of other holiday foods and hand-made crafts.

These Christmas markets have tents that have been set up for so people can sit down and get warm while sipping hot German Glühwein as a break from Christmas shopping. For Germans, Glühwein is an integral part of the Christmas experience.

German Glühwein Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 Tsb sugar

Tip: use a dry, robust, and fruity red wine for best results; an inexpensive wine is fine, but it should be drinkable by itself

Tip: Set aside some cinnamon sticks for garnish

Optional Ingredients

  • cardamon
  • ginger
  • allspice
  • nutmeg
  • kirsch liqueur

German Glühwein Preparation

Equipment Needed

  • Medium saucepan
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Strainer or Cheesecloth
  • Ladle
  • Mugs
Equipment Note: use a non-reactive metal saucepan — an aluminum pan will react to the red wine's acids, producing a metallic taste in your mulled wine.

Preparation Time

  • 10 minutes to gather up ingredients
  • 35 minutes to heat red wine
  • 5 minutes to serve mulled wine

Making German Glühwein

German Glühwein Recipe

  • Pour red wine into saucepan
  • Add spices, one by one
  • Use medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved
  • Reduce to low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

Tip: Don't let the German Glühwein reach a boiling point!

Serving German Glühwein

  • Ladle German Glühwein into mugs
  • Put a strainer over the mugs to remove bits of spices
  • Add cinnamon stick for garnish, if desired
  • Add a shot of kirsch liqueur to each mug first, if desired

Tip: pre-heat the mugs to help keep the Glühwein warm


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