Gluehwein Recipe

“Gluehwein” or Hot Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine, called “Gluehwein” 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 – and it is as much part of the experience (at least for those over 21) as the Christmas Stollen.



Below you find an old family recipe for Gluehwein that is easy to make and will spice up every holiday party:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Gluehwein Ingredients:

  • 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 thoroughly, 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 pre-warmed glasses or mugs. Garnish with orange slices or a cinnamon stick and enjoy your traditional German mulled wine.

You van vary this recipe to taste – if you like your hot spiced 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.

Have fun – and of course, drink responsibly!