Gluwein: A boozy blast from the past, perfect for any cold winter party

ImageAs I think that I have mentioned before I spent 4 months rooting around Europe during college and that experience was based out of Salzburg, Austria.  We were there from January through April, so when we arrived the weather was cold and the snow was on the way.  Being a 20 year old at the time, I knew that I wanted to get to the nearest bar as soon as possible.  This was all well and good for a while but I knew that eventually, a cold beer just wasn’t going to cut it.  That is when we were introduced to gluwein.  All it really is, is wine that has been mulled with a few spices and some citrus to create a delicious, alcoholic warm beverage.  If you are curious, this would be called mulled wine if a spirit (often brandy or port) were added.



We decided to make this on Christmas to have a festive warm drink for the holiday.  It adds a perfect extra touch on a cold day when you need a little extra warmth.

The cut ups for this are not really changes, but more suggestions.  First of all, when buying the wine for this you are looking for quantity over quality.  I am not advocating using a wine you wouldn’t normally drink, but don’t break the bank going for the good stuff as the flavor will be changed quite a bit during the heating.  Also, feel free to adjust the amount you make without fear.  The recipe is easily pared down and you lose no quality in the process. While the cinnamon sticks really need to be whole, the cloves and allspice can be used ground.  Just make sure that you mix them in well so that they dissolve completely and start with a little and add in small increments so not to over do it.



  • 4 liters of red wine
  • sugar (the amount varies based on wine quality, add until satisfied should start with about 2 cups)
  • 6-8 cinnamon sticks
  • whole cloves
  • 2 oranges
  • whole allspice
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  1. Pour the wine into a crock pot (or just a large pot on the stove over loooooow heat if that is what you have) and turn the heat to high
  2. cut each orange into slices with the rind on.  Stud each slice with about 4 cloves and put them into the wine
  3. Break the cinnamon sticks in half and add them to the wine
  4. add the orange juice and 2 cups of sugar
  5. Let the wine heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure that it never boils.  If it starts to get really hot, turn the heat down.
  6. Taste the wine to make sure that the sugar is right and the spices are starting to come through.
  7. When the mixture is heated to your liking, serve in mugs and enjoy the winter wonderland.

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