A warming glass of glühwein at Christmas really helps to get you in the mood for the festivities and makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Popular in German-speaking regions, including Vienna, Munich and Salzburg, this traditional ruby-coloured potion is usually created from red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves and other fragrant ingredients.
You’ll most certainly be offered a glug of local mulled wine from the stalls and bars when you visit the Christmas markets in the run-up to Christmas . It’s a perfect warmer during the chilly winter weather as you’re pottering around, picking up trinkets and gifts, and indulging in the local food – whether it’s bratwurst, roasted chestnuts, toasted almonds or some freshly-baked treats.
Why not try rustling up your own glühwein at home? Ladle it in to glasses or mugs for friends during the festive period – and you could even skip the alcohol and make a child-friendly version too!
Did you know?
Glühwein (roughly translated as “glow-wine”) is named after the hot irons once used for mulling.
Pour wine into a saucepan and add remaining ingredients (you can put whole spices in muslin).
Heat until nearly boiling and strain (if necessary) into a warm bowl.
We’d love to know if you made it yourself and how it turned out – let us know in the comments section below!
Take a look at our short Christmas market breaks in Vienna, Munich and Salzburg this November and December – a great chance to get in the festive mood and take a break from preparations for the big day!
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Headwater 2016-11-30 11:30:42
Ros Bilek 2016-11-09 19:55:52
I hadn't realised that Vienna, Munich and Salzburg were all countries!