Glühwein (or Mulled Wine)

I am German. Really really German. Like, my ancestors settled central Texas German. I’m also Russian. Really really Russian. Both heritages have a mulled wine that’s similarly spelled and pronounced. The Germans called it Glühwein, and the Russians call it Glintvein So naturally I love me some mulled wine. It is a tasty warm fall beverage that is the definition of Hygge. Glühwein is usually made with a red wine of choice, whole spices, and citrus peels, slowly heated up on the stove or a crock pot and served in mugs to be sipped on and enjoyed.


We hosted a fall party with my husbands close friends last night and served this delicious drink with home homemade gluten free pumpkin chai spiced whoopie pies. It was magical. All my favorite fall treats together, I was deliriously happy. I decided to share my party menu with you all, starting with this drink. It’s a foolproof holiday classic that everyone enjoys and a wonderful edition to your fall or Christmas party. I know I’ll be whipping up a batch a few more times before the season is out.

Glühwein (Makes enough for a small party of 8)

2 Bottles of your favorite red wine (I use a Cabernet Sauvignon)

6-7C of fresh pressed apple cider

1T Peppercorns

1T Whole cloves

4-5 Whole star anise

3-4 Cinnamon sticks

The peels of 2 oranges and juice of 1

Mix all the ingredients together in a pot (or a crock pot on low), and allow to heat on low for 20-30 minutes. Do not bring to a boil or allow to simmer. Once at desired temperature, serve in mugs and enjoy!

Glühwein is such a comforting drink to serve up after a dinner with friends while you all sit around discussing light or deep topics of conversation. Enjoy, and as always let me know in the comments how you like this recipe or how you tweaked it to suit your tastebuds!

Happy Fall

~ Hippie Hayden