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Our friends Dave and Kate have taken many trips to Germany during the Christmas season. Both enjoy visiting the Christkindl markets, or German Christmas markets, which are street markets with various stalls celebrating Christmas time. Kate has told me how much she enjoyed purchasing Glühwein to enjoy while she shopped.
I had nearly a full bottle of port left over from making spirited cranberry sauce for supper club and rather than pour it out because I knew we’d never drink it, I pulled out Kate’s Glühwein recipe to turn the port destined for the drain into a sweet, warm, mulled wine that we savored cup after cup.
This recipe is so good and is very easy.
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 whole cloves (I used more)
1 cinnamon stick (I used more)
Rind and juice from one lemon or lime
Rind from one orange
1 bottle red wine
Combine sugar and spices and bring to a boil.
Add fruit and juices and simmer until fragrant. (I neither a lemon nor a lime, so I used one orange including the juice.)
Add wine and heat to almost boiling.
Strain and drink until tipsy and singing.
Mr. SP and I drank every single drop of this delightful beverage. Neither of us was particularly tipsy nor was singing, but we did enjoy the Glühwein tremendously. If you need a treat or are having a holiday party, give this beverage a try!