Homemade winter glühwein with citrus

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Homemade winter glühwein: A homemade tasty mulled wine

The winter warmer that’s just as good as a whisky hot toddy. Our homemade winter glühwein is great for those cold nights with friends around a fire.

Homemade winter glühwein with citrus

Homemade winter glühwein with citrus header: pexels.com

The nights are getting cold fast and you have guests coming over this weekend. Make sure they’re kept warm and cosy with something delicious other than just a hearty roast or stew. Glühwein is a great European fortified wine that uses spices, citrus and a bit of heat to make the tasty drink. Not only does homemade winter glühwein taste great, but the spices and citrus are great for the immune system during the cold winter months and the anti-oxidants in the wine are also good for the same reason.

Making homemade winter glühwein

Any heat source is great for making this great drink but for the atmosphere, a fire or gas stove just looks right. The whole orange slices and orange juice help sweeten the deal while cinnamon and cloves add to the spice. You can add other spices or herbs like rosemary to your wine too. You usually want to use your favourite spicy wine like Shiraz that holds up well to heat. Serve in mugs during the night and some heat might take away some of the alcohol, you drink it relatively quickly and a lot of it, so drink responsibly.

The winter warmer that’s just as good as a whisky hot toddy. Our homemade winter glühwein is great for those cold nights with friends around a fire.

Homemade winter glühwein recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Don Van Deventer Course: DrinksCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Servings

6

Total time

45

minutes

A traditional Glühwein recipe with a twist.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup orange juice

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 orange

  • 10 whole cloves

  • 750 ml favourite red wine

Method

  • In a saucepan add the sugar, orange juice and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer.
  • Cut your orange in half and squeeze all the juice into the simmering liquid. Press the cloves into the outside of the orange peel and then add the peels to the liquid. Leave to simmer for around 30 minutes, until it becomes a syrup.
  • Lastly pour in the bottle of red wine. Heat it until it starts steaming and then remove the clove-studded orange halves.

Notes

  • For the best results this wine should be served hot in warmed mugs or glasses as cold glasses may break with the heat.

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