Glühwein Recipe

If you ever find yourself at an outdoor market in Germany in the winter you'll see people strolling along, bundled up, with a steaming mug of glühwein in hand.

Now that's my idea of shopping.

  • 1 750-ml bottle dry red wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • a bit of cardamom (or ginger)

Heat the red wine gently in a crockpot.

Cut the lemon into slices and add to the wine. Then add the cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and a little cardamom or ginger to taste.

Heat for about 5 minutes (do not boil!) and then let stand for about an hour. Before serving, reheat and strain. Serve in prewarmed glasses or mugs.