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Gluhwein Recipe - Make at home

If you’re longing for those magical German Christmas Market moments but find yourself staying home, or if you have special memories of sharing Glühwein with someone special somewhere on the ski slopes of Mayrhofen, don’t worry we’ve got you!

Here are two easy recipes for making Glühwein at home.

#1 Glühwein Recipe

The initial recipe (featured in this video) caters to beginners or anyone eager to give it a try.

Alternatively, if you’re making drinks for a smaller group of 2-4 people, this recipe fits the bill perfectly.

Glühwein Mulled Wine Recipe

#2 Glühwein Recipe

The second recipe (below) is for 8 – 12  cups – you decide if it is for 4 people or 6 people…  🙂


  • 2 Bottles of good-quality red wine (Schiava from South Tirol, might be a good option)
  • 2 ½ Cups water
  • 140 g sugar
  • 2 fresh lemons (the juice)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (do not try and use the powder as you need to remove the sticks in the end)
  • Orange slices for decoration


  • Pour the wine into a saucepan
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Heat to just under boiling point (Do not boil)
  • Remove the cinnamon and cloves
  • Serve with orange slices as decoration

It is a time for love and cheer, A time for making memories, To last throughout the year.

Christmas Gluhwein recipe

What is Glühwein ?

Mulled wine, also known as spiced wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine which is heated with various spices. It is served warm and is particularly served at Christmas Markets all around Europe.

Although ‘Glühwein’ is traditional in German-speaking countries and in the region of Alsace in France, you will find many Christmas markets around the world serving Glühwein / Mulled Wine.

Glögg /gløgg / glögi is the term used for mulled wine in the Nordic countries (sometimes spelled as glog or glug). It is spelled gløgg in Norwegian, Danish, and Faroese, glögg in Swedish and Icelandic, and glögi in Finnish and Estonian.

In Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, gløgg or glögg is often drunk at Christmas events.  The main ingredients of alcoholic glögg are red wine, sugar, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and bitter orange, and optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit, rum, or brandy.  – Wikipedia

In Hungaryforralt bor (“boiled wine”) is typically made from the country’s popular Egri Bikavér. Sometimes Amaretto is added for extra taste.

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