Warm the soul this Christmas with traditional spiced wine
When the weather turns cold and the inevitable grey skies loom, nothing warms the soul better than a spiced hot drink – and this is where the Germans do it best. My first experience with glühwein, a traditional German beverage, was at last year’s Vancouver Christmas Market whose spicy and fruity aroma intrigued me immediately. I was instantly taken by the mulled wine, which is served hot and a staple to Christmas markets all over Eastern Europe.
This year, I was inspired to make my own. Because of their sweetness and abundance this time of year, I opted to include clementines into the recipe as my citrus element but oranges work just as well.
1 bottle of dry red wine (such as a cabernet sauvignon)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon all spice
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
3 clementines, juiced
2 clementine peels
thinly sliced oranges
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat, careful not to boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove spices and serve in hot mugs.
- Use a slow cooker set on low and leave the wine to mull for 1-2 hours
- 1 tablespoon of Chinese five spice, which contains many warm spices such as cloves, star anise and cinnamon, is a quick alternative solution to use as mulling spice
- Replace wine with apple cider or grape juice for a non-alcoholic version