I’m usually not a big fan of red wine, but I sure LOVE German mulled wine. It’s a popular German drink during winter that is often served as a Christmas specialty. It’s prepared from red wine that is heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, and sugar. I also added some fresh orange juice, and orange slices. Instead of regular sugar I used brown sugar. Oh, and don’t forget to add a nice dash of rum. I absolutely love the smell of this German mulled wine!! Is there really a better way to enjoy Christmas season?!
In Germany, this Christmas drink is known as Glühwein, which means as much as “glow-wine”. You can find different versions of it on Christmas markets all over Europe. A popular variation of German mulled wine is Feuerzangenbowle . It’s prepared in some kind of fondue set. You fill the bowl with heated mulled wine, then you put a rum-soaked sugerloaf on top of it, set it on fire, and let it drip into the mulled wine. This might sound kinda crazy, but it’s sooooo good! It’s the perfect drink for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. It’s definitely far from an ordinary cocktail, right?! Haha!
Feuerzangenbowle is pretty difficult to prepare, especially with the whole fire part. But the recipe for German mulled wine itself really couldn’t be much easier. All you need is a bottle of red wine, some oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star aniseed, brown sugar, and rum.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat them for a couple of minutes over very low heat. Make sure not to boil the mulled wine because then the alcohol will evaporate and it won’t taste right. Oh, and always remember that since you drink the wine hot it goes to your head extra quick…
I hope you like this recipe for German mulled wine. Enjoy the Christmas season!
Sina – xx