Gluhwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

MogoBlog MogoLicious Tasty Tip of the Day:  This recipe is for the German Glühwein, which literally translates to glow-wine, because of how you feel after you’ve been drinking tiny mugs outside in the cold December weather.  Hot, a bit sweet, and spiced, it warms you up nicely as you brace yourself for another round of wintery weather.  It also makes the house smell so wonderfully festive.

Gluhwein (Hot Mulled Wine)


  • cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • orange, cut into thin wedges
  • teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • inches stick cinnamon
  • cardamom pods, crushed or 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • bay leaves
  • teaspoon whole cloves
  • 750 – milliliter bottle dry red wine (Burgundy, Zinfandel or Merlot)
  • Brandy, rum, vodka, port, or kirsch (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, orange wedges, lemon peel and juice, cinnamon, cardamom pods, bay leaves and whole cloves. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Pour in the wine and heat until steaming but not simmering.
  2. To serve, strain mixture through a very fine wire-mesh strainer; discard solids. Serve hot wine in small heatproof mugs or glasses. Add about 1 tablespoon of brandy or desired liquor to each, if you like. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


  • Kinder Gluhwein (Mulled Spiced Cider for Kids): Prepare and serve as above, except substitute 3-1/4 cups apple cider or apple juice for the wine and omit liquor options.

Nutrition Facts:

Servings Per Recipe 8, Riboflavin (mg) 0, carb. (g) 19, vit. C (mg) 13, Thiamin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 8, fiber (g) 1, cal. (kcal) 141, calcium (mg) 10, vit. A (IU) 49, iron (mg) 0, sugar (g) 14, sodium (mg) 2, Potassium (mg) 46

Prep Time:  15 mins 
Cook Time:  20 mins

Yields:  8 to 10 Mug with Attitude servings


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