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Recipe for Traditional Mulled Wine from Germany

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Traditional Mulled Wine from Germany
Andrew Amondson

Mulled Wine, called "Glühwein" in German, is a traditional and tasty Christmas drink in Germany and the prefect treat for cold winter days.
You can buy mulled wine at every German Christmas market, but how about making your own spiced wine at home?

My family recipe for mulled wine is easy to make and will spice up every holiday party.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 6 sticks of cinnamon
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3-5 anis (whole)
  • optional ingredients: cardamom, nutmeg (to taste), 1 cup of brandy


  • Pour the red wine into a large pot and begin heating over low heat (don't boil).
  • Add cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and anis (and optional ingredients to taste).
  • Heat thouroughly, then add the sliced oranges and lemon.
  • Simmer the mixture about 45 minutes over low heat (make sure not to boil the wine).
  • Have a try and add more sugar if you want to; then strain and serve the drink hot in prewarmed glasses or mugs.
  • Garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick and enjoy your traditional German mulled wine.

This recipe is very flexible - if you like your mulled wine sweeter, just add more sugar; if you want it stronger, add some brandy or rum. You can also experiment with other spices, such as bay leaves or ginger, or you can put some kumquats (mini oranges) into the glasses.

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 5 out of 5
Old Memories, Member WilliamCWilson

This time of year, June is winter season in Brazil, or equal to Nov and Dec in USA and Europe. Brazil has similar recipe for June Parties, but is made with a cup and more of sugar, too sweet and too many calories. I was looking for what we used to make in the early 60s for those high school football games, on those very cold night. We took turns in making this, putting it into a goat skin bag for to enjoy the Saturday night games, there in the cold. Never imagined this was a German recipe also! It is great, and since my wife is first generation of German here in Southern Brazil, it is PERFECT for the both of us. Only change is that I use limes, which are prefered in Brazil instead of lemon. And little more spice in quantity. Highly recommend this for those cold nights. And yes it gets cold here in Sao Paulo City, low around 4 to 6 C, and in the mountain area, where we have our country home, it goes negative 4 a couple of times during winter. Enjoy, great.

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