Do you want to make the most delicious mulled spiced Christmas wine, which in Germany is called glühwein? Before Corona, we visited Christmas markets to enjoy the lights and decoration, food, sweets, seasonal gifts and especially the glühwein. The smell of cardamom, anise, cinnamon, oranges and red wine is just wonderful. So what do you do when you can’t enjoy glühwein anymore with all of the Christmas markets being closed due to Corona? MAKE IT AT HOME!
This receipe comes from my friend and famous German cookbook author Lisa Nieschlag (along with the photos) and so I’m happy to share it with you today as she wrote about it 5 years ago on this blog and it was such a big hit.
Please note this: Don’t buy the cheapest bottle of red that you can find. Buy a red that you would normally drink with dinner.
Mulled Christmas Wine
3 sticks of cinnamon
3 anise stars
6 cardamom pods
a handful of almonds
100 g sugar
1 bottle of red wine
1 orange (organic), unpeeled and sliced
Combine the cinnamon, star anise, almonds, cardamom and sugar in a pot. Pour in just enough wine so that everything is covered. Heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rest of the wine, orange slices and heat it up. The wine should not boil. When hot, pour into mugs and enjoy.
(images/recipe/text: Lisa Nieschlag)