Gluehwein is a German/Austrian winter-holiday drink that most tourists know as an after-ski drink. After you come in out of the snow, it is supposed to make you glow with warmth again. Watch it: Since you drink this wine warm, the alcohol goes to your head extra quick! Drink when you really have come in, and do not have to go out again! This is the one my father used to make for New Year's Eve.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 (4 ounce) servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.

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  • Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.

  • Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.)

Nutrition Facts

203 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 28.2g 9% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 5.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
As someone who lives in Germany, this is the biggest holiday hit you can find! It is available everywhere in towns and the popular christmas markets and this is exactly how to make it. Although, I wouldn't add the water, but instead substitute orange juice to give it more of a zest. Drink it while it's hot! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2009
Well if we had followed the recipe exactly maybe it would have been better. It was way too sweet for our taste. We used orange juice instead of water as suggested by many people. If you are a wine drinker especially a dry red wine drinker don't use orange juice. It makes it too sweet! I will still be looking for another good mulled wine recipe. The search continues... Read More
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  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
As someone who lives in Germany, this is the biggest holiday hit you can find! It is available everywhere in towns and the popular christmas markets and this is exactly how to make it. Although, I wouldn't add the water, but instead substitute orange juice to give it more of a zest. Drink it while it's hot! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Outstanding!!! I made this recipe with two 1.5 L bottles of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon. I quadrupled the rest of the ingredients and subsituted orange juice for the water. After simmering the juice mixture I transfered it to the crock pot set on high and added the wine. After it was hot I kept it warm. It happened to be Halloween and 30 degrees outside so I offered "to go" cups to the parents of the trick or treaters! They loved it! This is a fabulous recipe and one that I will make throughout the holidays! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was my contribution to a house party I attended. I used Merlot that I bottle myself and substituted 1/2 the water with Tropicana orange juice. I also removed the simmering oranges from the pot removed the cloves sliced the oranges into thick slivers and returned them to the pot. I then transferred everything to a crock pot to keep warm. It was a great hit with the guests and I will certainly make it again and again. Many thanks for this keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I normally am not a wine drinker, but I was having guests for Christmas, one of whom is of German ancestry (my brother-in-law), and I wanted to serve something a little differentand special. This was a big hit; even I loved it. The only thing I changed in the recipe was that I substituted orange juice for the water. My brother-in-law commented that it tasted just like his late mother's recipe. Quite a compliment. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Excellent. I made this using two tangerines about 16 cloves and half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. The citrus tends to get a bit of pulp into the wine so strain it before serving if you mind pulp. Also if you're serving this to people who don't usually drink wine I recommend using a sweet wine like Shiraz -- I used a (dry) burgundy and even with the sugar the initial taste was quite tart when the wine was served hot. This keeps well refrigerated -- just warm in the microwave when you want to serve it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
WOWEE! This is good stuff! We had this on Christmas and on New Year's Eve and it was a hit both times. We used merlot and it turned out great. The only thing is that I could never get it to the syrupy stage so we just added the wine after simmering awhile. You won't be disappointed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
I'm not a fan of red wine and so I used blush. I have also used white wine and it has come out great. I also add 1 Tbls lemon juice 2 sticks of cinnamon and no water. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
Made this recipe between Christmas and New Year 2000 and it went down a treat. I'll definitely be making it again. Advice... drink it whilst it is still warm; when it cools it's just not the same. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made this for New Year's and even friends who don't like wine thought this was good. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2009
Well if we had followed the recipe exactly maybe it would have been better. It was way too sweet for our taste. We used orange juice instead of water as suggested by many people. If you are a wine drinker especially a dry red wine drinker don't use orange juice. It makes it too sweet! I will still be looking for another good mulled wine recipe. The search continues... Read More
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