GLÜHWEIN (GERMAN MULLED WINE)
We’ve all heard of a ‘beer jacket’ helping to get through a cold night, and I’ve on more than one occasion had extra cups of tea or coffee that I didn’t want to drink but instead just wanted the warmth in my hands. Well how about something that does both, In the winter markets of Germany you can find ‘Glüehwein’ that is a delicious drink that warms you up through its temperature and alcohol content.
It’s great as a winter version of a party punch or sangria, makes the house smell delicious and means that you don’t have to spend too much on fancy wine as you’ll be creating a special taste of your own with the extra ingredients.
If you are out camping and the temperature severely drops after the sun goes down then this is a great idea for enjoying while sitting around the fire.
To make enough for 10 servings you should get 2 bottles of dry red wine and a cup of brandy or rum. This is the strong version though, and if you want a lighter drink you can take out the liquor and cook the wine for a little longer to simmer out some alcohol. If you do want to do it with kids then a bottle each of orange and apple juice can be used to replace the wine.
2 cups water
1 cup agave syrup or sugar
10 whole cloves
2 vanilla beans
2 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
First of all peel most of the skin of the orange and lemon and put them in a big saucepan. On top pour in the syrup, water and squeeze in the juice from the orange. Heat for a minute and then add the vanilla, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and grate in some nutmeg.
Bring it to the boil and then turn the temperature down and leave it to simmer for up to an hour. At about 30 mins you’ll have to add either wine or juice (depending on who you’re cooking for) as it will reduce.
After this, you’re ready to add the rest of your wine/juice/brandy and on a low heat mix for 5 minutes (or longer as mentioned above). Then serve hot for all your guests. If you are not going to drink it all at once then you can heat it up again later, or if you’re going to make a very large amount and want people to serve themselves as they please throughout the night then keeping it in a slow cooker would work well.
For the presentation of the drink, you could serve with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange in each glass, or part of the peels, but be sure to warn guests trying it for the first time that unlike punch or sangria these are only for decoration.
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