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Glühwein – Mulled Wine

I first learned of Gluhwein while in Germany and although I am not a big fan of red wine I fell in love with Gluhwein. Think of it like hot apple cider but with wine!  What is not to love about that especially in the cold winter months we are getting lately here in New England. Know that you can make this with any quality of red wine, but the lower the quality, the more sugar you will have to add to the wine. I used a mid-range bottle and used Truvia.
Gluhwein - Mulled Wine - Perfect Holiday cocktail


Ingredients: 3/4 cup water ~ 3/4 cup white sugar or Truvia ~ 1-2 cinnamon stick ~ 1 orange ~ 10 whole cloves ~1  bottle red wine (750 milliliter)

In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick (I used 2 since they were half sticks). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer.

Gluhwein - Mulled Wine - Perfect Holiday cocktail

Cut the orange into slices and push cloves into the orange and place in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, or until thick and syrupy. 

Gluhwein - Mulled Wine - Perfect Holiday cocktail

Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering (about 5-10 minutes). Taste the wine and add more sugar if needed. Remove the orange slices. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break). Garnish with a fresh orange slice or one from the pot.

Gluhwein - Mulled Wine - Perfect Holiday cocktail

Feel free to double or triple the recipe depending on how many you are serving. In Germany they had crockpots filled in just about every store. This can easily be reheated in the microwave for about a minute. Just a warning, this will knock you on your butt a bit faster than regular wine, the heating process really strengthens the alcohol so consider yourself warned. Drink up!

 Have you ever had mulled wine?

 Linking up with Jessica and Ashley.




  1. I don’t like red wine either but I think I could get on board with this. Sounds yummy!

  2. I’ve never had mulled wine so I need to try this!

  3. I’m not a fan! I have a bottle sitting in my wine rack too.

    • Yeah this is the only way I will drink red wine. I had that bottle sitting for 2 years but I love it this way. Very weird. The sweetness helps.

  4. Oh my gosh. Yum.

  5. this sounds awesome!!

  6. yes, my FIL offered it a couple of weeks ago and it’s really good! then we looked at the sugar content – yowza! 😀

    • It is loaded with sugar but I did use truvia in place of the regular sugar to help offset it a little, but it is a nice treat.

  7. LOVE THIS!! I’m going to do this for sure.

    • Oh you should! Tell what you think if you do! I was totally hooked once I had it. Perfect for the nights you get snowed in.

  8. I love red wine. ha I used to only drink white and now I am the opposite. Mulled wine is so yummy. We must have some my next trip up! In just a few short weeks we will be reunited. Yay!

  9. I think I shall make this tonight! It’s cold here, I think it’s perfect.

  10. OMG yum!! I love Wassail with Christmas dinner! This sounds so similar!

    • Yes, it is very similar to a traditional Wassail minus some of the spices (I think ginger and nutmeg) they use but very close in taste!

  11. I am just over here like “WHAT THE HELL IS ON THOSE ORANGES” so I am happy to see they aren’t bugs 😉

  12. I never knew what mulled wine really WAS. I’m not actually a wine drinker but this sounds REALLY good!

    • OMG!! You need it in your life. I don’t like red wine it is usually too “oakey” (is that even a word? whatever) but this gets much sweet and is more like a cider with a kick!! So good!

  13. I love this idea!!! it’s just something different, and awesome for christmas as I can’t stand eggnog. bleh!

  14. I definitely need to try this!


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