Learn How to Make Glühwein, the Traditional German Mulled Wine

Two earthenware mugs filled with mulled wine and garnished with orange and cinnamon
Glühwein, the German mulled wine / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret

Recipe courtesy St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, Colorado

“The St. Regis Aspen sticks to the formal, traditional German Glühwein, which is made with red wine and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus and sugar,” says Tobias Rimkus, director of catering and event management at the resort. “Though some families in Germany prefer a variant called Feuerzangenbowle, which is when a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and allowed to slowly drip into the Glühwein.”

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 2 oranges, halved
  • 10 cloves, whole
  • 8 juniper berries
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1½ bottles Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Orange twists, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Combine water, orange juice, sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice and star anise in a pot over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce to a mild simmer.

Juice the orange halves into the simmering liquid. Stud the remaining rinds with the cloves and gently place into the pot. Add juniper berries. Next, juice the lemon into the simmering liquid, and place the halves into the pot.

Reduce the mixture to half of its original volume, add the Cabernet Sauvignon and heat until just below simmering. Ladle into glass mugs. Garnish with orange twist and cinnamon stick. Serves 8.

Published on December 20, 2017