Glühwein or Swiss Mulled Wine

In the German speaking world, Glühwein is an essential part of Christmas. At least that has always been my impression and it is certainly true for me. In every major city, you can find a colourful Christmas market this time a year and I have yet to visit one that didn’t offer about 400 vendors of Glühwein. The most exact translation would probably be Glow Wine but that sounds a bit trippy so most people would know it as mulled wine.


  • 1 bottle of Red Wine, preferably on the fruitier side (I’m no sommelier but I think you get the idea). It does not have to be the greatest wine you ever bought
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pods of Cardamom
  • 1 tsp of whole cloves
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • peel of 1/2 orange or 1 lemon
  • 1 star anise if you have it
  • 1/2 cup (125g) sugar, brown sugar, molasses or honey


Pour wine into pot, add spices and your choice of sweetener. Simmer on low until sweetener is dissolved and the wine is fragrant. Pour through sieve and serve in mugs.

A few comments: I strongly recommend using organic oranges or lemons whenever using the peel. You might not have all the spices, substitutes or leaving out one thing or another shouldn’t ruin it. Avoid using ground spices though as it isn’t lovely to drink that. If you make this for children or people who don’t drink alcohol, use apple juice instead (not from concentrate).


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