Nothing says “Holidays with the Helmig/Clemonds Fam” like traditional German Glühwein. Today, Shannon is sharing her family’s recipe and you better believe we’ll all be trying this for Christmas in a few weeks!
Traditional German Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Recipe:
*Recipe makes one large pot – enough for 6 wine-drinking family members to enjoy over the course of a weekend!
- 3 lemons
- 4 oranges
- 10 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- 4 cinnamon sticks (we used these)
- *Tea infuser ball if you have one (you can buy one here!)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 bottles of dry red wine (cabernet works great!)
- 1 cup brandy
Peel lemons and oranges (this does not need to be fancy, you can even use a knife!) Place all zest in a pan along with juice from all fruit.
Place the cloves and star anise in the tea infuser (this is my little trick – most recipes call for cheesecloth which I never have so I just pop them in my little tea infuser ball and it’s so much easier!) and into the pan.
Add water, cinnamon sticks, and sugar to the pan. Bring to a simmer until sugar dissolves. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, or until the mixture reduces by 1/3.
Add wine & brandy and bring to a simmer (do not boil!) until you are ready to serve. Most recipes tell you to remove the spices, but I leave them in all weekend and it just keeps getting better!
Enjoy! (And tag #clemondscabin when you try it! ;))