In my extended German family, few days during the holiday season pass without an afternoon interlude that includes a mug of steaming hot Glühwein and a piece of dense, buttery, homemade Stollen or a spiced gingerbread “Lebkuchen.” Glühwein is the favored recipe for mulled wine in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where the beautiful, frozen landscape beckons into a warm living room by the fire. This drink will get you and your guests into a festive, glowing mood.
1 bottle fruity red wine
2 to 3 cups water (or, for extra kick, brewed black tea)
Add to taste:
Lemon and Orange Slices
Optional: Splash of Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Optional: 1 vanilla bean, whole
Bring to a simmer and allow flavors to come together. Serve piping hot. Makes 8 servings.