Monday, November 28, 2011

Homemade Gluhwein or "Glow Wine"

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. And now on to the next holiday...

My Christmas decorating started early this year - everything went up on Friday! I'll post some photos later this week so you can see the results. There isn't a part of our house that doesn't look like Christmas. I love it!

After all the decorating was done, I had the itch for a rewarding holiday drink, but I wanted something just shy of normal.  Long story short, my online search for the perfect sip resulted in the discovery of something called Gluhwein. It's delicious and perfect for a cold, winter night.

The prep work... It looked so pretty and filled the house with the most
wonderful smell. 
The beauty shot just after pouring.

Here's what you'll need in order to have enough Gluhwein for 4 to 5 people:

2 bottles of red wine
8 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
3/4 white sugar
1/4 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 orange with some of the zest removed, then sliced into rounds

Pour red wine, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, lemon juice and orange rounds into a large sauce pan. Warm on low to medium heat for 1 hour, making sure the liquid does not boil (you'll lose the alcohol content that way!)

Remove from heat, pour into glasses or mugs and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick. For a unique twist, try adding a shot of amaretto just before serving.  

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  1. I've never heard of this before! Interesting, indeed! Thanks for linking up, Jen

  2. You're welcome Jen! If you ever make it, you won't be disappointed. It's delicious.

  3. I can smell a cup brewing now! Thanks for sharing. Your profile rocks! Merry Christmas. ~CJ