As promised, here's the recipie for our traditional German "Gl├╝hwein". It's only one of dozens variations. To be honest I don't do it that often coz it's much cheaper to buy mulled-wine in the supermarket. But I'm going to do this for Christmas-Eve.

Okay, here we go.


  • 4 quarts dry red wine (zinfandel, merlot, burgundy, etc.)
  • 1 pint brandy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves, whole
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp mace
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced


  1. Pour the wine into a large pot and begin heating over low heat.
  2. As it begins to warm, add sugar and spices. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the brandy.
  4. Heat thoroughly, but do not allow to boil! "If it's boiled - it's spoiled!" ;-)
  5. Add the lemon and orange.
  6. Steep for about 1 hour over low heat.
  7. You may add more sugar during this time if desired, stirring well so it disolves.
  8. Serve hot and garnish with orange slices. A stick cinnamon could also be used
That's it! Sit down on your sofa, light a candle, listen to some Christmas-Songs and enjoy!
Please let me know if you liked it!!!


Blogger Miao said...

Lovely blog! I love your layout especially - very cute colours. :) I'm very interested in learning German actually, or more specifically, I'm interested in all things German! I shall try making German food according to your recipe when I have the time, but I'm such an idiot when it comes to cooking.

12/13/2006 10:39 am  

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