Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)

Gluhwein (German Mulled Wine) - Warm, spiced wine is perfect to enjoy on a cold winter day or night.

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!

Gluhwein (German Mulled Wine) - Warm, spiced wine is perfect to enjoy on a cold winter day or night.



Glühwein (German Mulled Wine)
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: German
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ 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
  1. Combine water, sugar, and spices and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add fruit and juice. Simmer until fragrant.
  3. Add wine and heat until almost boiling.
  4. Drink until tipsy and singing.



  1. How funny, Paula! I was just telling someone about the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France and the mulled wine! Thanks for the recipe!…hugs…Debbie

  2. Oh wow! I could so use a cup of that right now! It’s so cold here tonight, well it’s 65 degrees, but for Southern California, that’s cold! Can you reheat it or do you have to drink it all right away? Would it be good served cold over ice? I bet this would be great to serve during opening of Christmas presents!

  3. One of the pleasures of this holiday is a good cup of mulled wine. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Sounds delicious, Paula! And I just love your Lenox “Holiday” china. I got plain Lenox china when I got married, thinking I could add Holiday salad plates some day. Alas, that day has never come! 🙂

    Love your new blog design. Did you switch platforms?

  5. Mmmm I love Glühwein or Glögg as it is known in Scandinavia. And it smells so great when you make it.

  6. We enjoy Chicago’s Christkindl market every Christmas. The delicious mulled wine comes in a commemorative boot/mug.
    Making it at home would be great, too.


  7. Sounds so delicious! I’ll have to try it when it gets a bit nippier here.

  8. Oh my gosh, I have seriously been looking for a gluhwein recipe! We’ve been to Germany three times and go to the Christkindl market every Christmas (here in Denver) and I love the gluhwein! While we were at the market last weekend I thought I should find a recipe. So glad I read your post, thanks!

    • I would love to go to Germany to the Chistkindl market! I am really craving some gluhwein and hope to make some this weekend!

  9. I’m a german girl who has walked those winter festivals in the streets of Germany and I am so excited to try this recipe out! I am going to give it a test run and then make it for my family this xmas as a surprise. Thank you so much for sharing and giving me the idea to make it!

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