Glühwein (Mulled wine)

December 16, 2013
Glühwein (aka Mulled wine) - Winter's version of summer sangria .. Get into the holiday spirit with warm red wine mulled with spices

Life philosophy #1056 – If one is going to have a Christmas tree, don't mess around

Glühwein (aka Mulled wine) - Winter's version of summer sangria .. Get into the holiday spirit with warm red wine mulled with spices

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“Come over.  We're putting up our tree, and inviting friends to help us with the trimming.”  

This weekend, a cold December evening in Iowa, we walked a few houses down.  Excited to see friends, catch up on everybody's holiday plans, have some tasty snacks, and a glass of wine or two

We turned onto the drive. “THAT!?  That's the tree?”  Pause to absorb.  “How TALL do you think it is?”

18 feet !!

Glühwein (aka Mulled wine) - Winter's version of summer sangria .. Get into the holiday spirit with warm red wine mulled with spices

Amongst all the people dressed up in their pretty holiday clothes, putting ornaments on the tree.  My husband and I made our way to the kitchen; Gluhwein simmered on the stovetop.

I'd never had this warm spiced wine, and it was pretty good stuff

So the next day, we started a batch of our own

Glühwein (aka Mulled wine) - Winter's version of summer sangria .. Get into the holiday spirit with warm red wine mulled with spices

There are lots of recipes out there, but this combination seemed just right to us.  Letting the spices become the star, lemon to brighten the taste and round out the flavors, natural sugar for sweet

Warming it ever so gently to develop the spices, a slow afternoon simmer

Wine, homemade from my parents, a Cabernet with a kick.  They'd smile with approval at our endeavors.

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Speaking of spices, there are different philosophies around their addition

We put them directly into the wine while it was simmering, more because seeing the spice sediment, if you will, at the bottom of my mug doesn't bother me.  One could certainly use a bouquet garni or strain them out before drinking

The house smelled wonderful

I couldn't help but think it would be great to bottle up and give as gifts with a loaf of homemade bread

A little extra kick?  How about some brandy, sweet sherry, or even port?

Enjoy!

xoxo

ps:  How many lights, or ornaments for that matter, were used in the decorating of the 18′ Christmas tree?  The world may never know.

pps:  A special tip about heating your wine.  Keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't boil, or the alcohol will evaporate.  The perfect temperature is 160 degrees F, with the danger of losing alcohol content beginning at 167 degrees F.

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~  Adapted from Frugal Feeding

Glühwein (Mulled wine)

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 Tbsp natural sugar (add more if you prefer a sweeter wine, we like ours on the dry side)
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • half a lemon, sliced

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into a heavy bottom saucepan
  • Leave the wine to warm, until it's just under a simmer (you should see some bubbles and a bit of steam rising)
  • Allow it to simmer, without boiling, for a few hours
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4 Comments

  • Reply heydave September 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    5 stars
    Awesome photos!

    And that wine was spectacular

    • Reply sexyveggie September 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Thank-you Sweetie!

  • Reply Mary Anne December 12, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    That wine looks delicious! Cheers…and Bon Appetit! ????

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Mulled wine is one of my favourite things about the festive season. There is just something about the way that it warms your belly it really is a delight x

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