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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
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  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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German mulled wine or Glühwein (meaning “glow wine“) is a traditional German drink you will be familiar with from ski resorts or Christmas Markets, and now fast becoming a regular site in pubs and restaurants in the UK.

The secret to a great Glühwein is the right balance of red wine, cinnamon sugar, oranges and cloves.


  • 2 bottles of good quality but inexpensive red wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 30z/75g sugar (to taste)
  • 6 cloves
  • Star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oranges - cut into bite-size pieces
  • oranges for decoration
  • ½ cup Rum (optional)

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  • In a medium size saucepan, mix the water, sugar, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly, then reduce heat and continue to simmer.
  • Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice into the pot. Place cloves into the orange peel and drop into the mixture. Cook until the mixture starts to thicken like syrup.
  • Pour in the wine and rum (if using) and stir, heating gradually until steaming. DO NOT BOIL.
  • Remove oranges, cloves and cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses. Decorate glasses with an orange slice.