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Gluhwein {Boozy Days of Christmas}

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Sooooooooooo this drink could possibly knock you on your ass. I warned you. It’s basically just spiced wine with a splash of Brandy and nothing else. So be careful or you might drink an entire bottle yourself. Not that I have never done that before. Nope. Never.

Sometimes I wish it was appropriate to share my crazy youth stories. However, if that happened you would probably run away screaming and not want to read my blog again. I can’t be the only one who was wild and crazy and drank cheap beer around a bonfire in the middle of the corn field…right? Hey, I grew up in Ohio. Give a girl a break. Cheap beer, fire and a corn field was about as good as it got. Am I right?



Spiced Gluhwein

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour + 15 minutes to warm through

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


2 (750ml) bottles red wine
1/2 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
8-10 whole cloves
1 lemon (thinly sliced)
1 orange (thinly sliced)
1 mandarin (thinly sliced)
Optional: Brandy (a splash at serving)


In a large pot add all ingredients but optional Brandy. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.

Shut off burner, cover pot and let sit for at least 30 minutes. After it has sat, take out whole spices and warm through drink on low heat. Serve in a mug with an optional splash of Brandy and fresh orange slices.

Dark Hours

Thursday 10th of October 2013

Why do you keep saying the brandy is optional? What did poor brandy ever to do you? Brandy: NOT OPTIONAL! :-) Love your recipes, love your blog!


Friday 14th of December 2012

This sounds amazing! Though, I have one question: What's the best kind of red wine to use? Dry, sweet, or just what you personally prefer?


Friday 14th of December 2012

I prefer a dry wine. Usually use a Cab or a red blend. Hope you enjoy the drink!

The Food Hound

Sunday 9th of December 2012

I have a gluhwein party every year, and this is the last year I'll be able to use the spice mixture I brought home from Germany because it will be all gone. I have to try this one as a replacement! The party is next weekend so I'm in full baking mode right now! It's a dessert buffet, too, and everyone takes cabs to an from our house because it gets a little insane :)


Saturday 8th of December 2012

they were just talking about this on 'the office'! :)


Friday 7th of December 2012

We didn't have cornfields here in NYC but I did some drinking in public parks in my day :P I loves me some spiced wine! This sounds awesome!