Glühwein is a traditional German mulled wine that uses dry red wine simmered with citrus and spices, often including cinnamon and cloves. Some recipes also call for a shot of liquor. Glühwein is usually served at German Christmas markets, but can also be made at home with easy-to-find ingredients.
To make Glühwein at home, combine a 750ml bottle of dry red wine, one liter of water, 3 tablespoons of sugar, a halved, sliced lemon, 3 cloves, 3 cardamom pods, 1 star anise and one cinnamon stick in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Heat the mixture to a very low simmer, being careful not to bring the wine to a full boil. Allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Some recipes are more complicated, requiring studding a sliced orange with cloves and then including more spices such as whole allspice. Other recipes call for adding brandy to the mixture to add extra potency to the glühwein. Glühwein is an adaptable beverage, with many different traditional variations that change based on family recipes, or the Christmas market where it originated. As a result, the basic recipe of red wine, citrus and spices can be adjusted based on individual tastes.