Austrian Mulled Wine (Glühwein)
Mulled wine, the beverage that has been warming people in Europe, specifically Austria and Germany, during cold winter days for centuries. I’m very surprised it’s not as common in Canada considering our winters are so long and cold. Besides the Toronto Christmas Market, there aren’t too many places you can find mulled wine in Toronto. Why be limited to a certain place or time to enjoy it when you can easily make it at home?
Think of the coldest day you experienced, where no matter how many layers you attempted to put on to face the cold, you came back home with your face frozen and fingers and toes numb, feeling like you’d never be able to warm up. Well a mug of this hot, spiced wine is all it takes to warm you up from head to toe instantly - guaranteed! Cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of mulled wine (or in our case the fake fireplace on our TV) with your significant other or serve it at your next holiday party - whatever the context, it’s a great choice on a winter day. Enjoy!
Servings: 8-10 cups
Time: 30-45 minutes
2 litres of full-bodied wine
300ml of orange juice
3 cinnamon stick
Sugar or honey to sweeten drink based on your own preference
Pour 2 litres of wine in a big pot and turn the heat up to medium. It’s important that during this entire process, the pot is just simmering, not boiling, or else the alcohol will evaporate.
As the pot is starting to warm up, add in the orange juice. Cut up the orange in slices and add the slices in the pot.
Put cinnamon and cloves in a tea bag (if you don’t have tea bag, use a coffee filter and tie it with a rope) take it out after a maximum of 30 minutes. Anything longer than that and the beverage would turn bitter.
To sweeten the drink, add sugar or honey according to your preference.
Serve and enjoy warming up!