Glühwein - Merry Christmas

This is just something that belongs to Christmas time for me, a warm spiced wine. In Germany you can usually buy it at the outdoor Christmas Markets to keep yourself warm in a wintery cold night. Even so it is pretty cheap to buy in Germany, during my college time my roommates and I used to sit in our dorm kitchen, play board games and make this spiced wine ourselves. The non-alcoholic version is basically the English Wassail, a spiced warm fruit juice punch.


  • 1 - 1.5 liter Red wine
  • 4 Orange slices
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3-4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 Anise stars
  • 10 Gloves
  • Optional: 1/4 cup of cider mate spice (including orange, lemon peel, anise star parts, gloves, dried berries)


Pour the red wine in a big pot, add the orange slices, cinnamon sticks, anise stars, gloves and cider mate. Heat on low, do not boil. Then add the honey and sugar to taste. Start with a little bit and add more if still to bitter. A friend also told me, that you can use orange juice to sweeten it. Heat for about 5-10 more minutes and then strain the wine in cups.

This also makes a nice little christmas gift if you fill it up into dark green bottles, add a cinnamon stick, some christmas stickers and maybe an ornament made out of the orange slices, cinnamon sticks and anise stars :)


  1. schön!! Hier ists immer noch nicht kalt genug für Glühwein :)

  2. If you don't want to put meat in the soup, put a couple tablespoons of soy sauce in the broth instead. I'm vegan and the lack of meat tends to make soups not just bland but also kind of sweet, so I always add soy sauce for the salty/savory flavor. You can also do this with risotto (soy sauce + nutritional yeast = parmesan), pasta sauces, tofu, etc.


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