Make Your Own Gluhwein This Winter

Make Your Own Gluhwein This Winter

Make Your Own Gluhwein This Winter

I wasn’t able to make it to Europe this December like I had hoped. But no big deal; there’s plenty to get done at home and in the down time there’s Gluhwein!

What’s Gluhwein you ask?

It’s spiced wine mixed with fruit juices like apple, orange, and cranberry. It’s served hot with an optional shot of rum mixed in.

Nothing really beats having a cup of hot Gluhwein at a Christmas market on a cold European day, but a distant second is making your own at home. The great thing about Gluhwein is there is no set recipe. Everything’s mixed to taste – don’t like apples? Skip it. Love cranberries? Add some more. Here’s how I make mine.



Get the ingredients

  • 1 bottle of cheap red wine. This Yellow Tail was $6.
  • about 1/3 a wine bottle worth of cran-apple juice (sorry, I’m not huge on measuring exact amounts)
  • about 1/3 a wine bottle worth of orange juice
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • a sprinkling of nutmeg
  • about 8 cloves
  • a sprinkling of allspice
  • an incredibly small amount of anise extract (half a cap full)
  • sugar to taste (about 2 spoonfulls)

This is enough to fill 4 glasses.


Heat It

Heat it!

Add everything at the same time. Turn the heat on low and allow the spices to set in as the wine slowly heats up. Don’t let it boil, you’ll lose flavor. Let it warm up for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.


Mit Rum?

Mit rum?

The German word for “with” is “mit”. When you ask for a cup of Gluhwein in Germany they’ll usually ask if you want it “mit rum?” Totally optional, but I always say yes. You can add some rum during the heating process or add your shot directly into the cup. Up to you.


Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany in December 2009

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