Mulled wine is a nice tradition pretty much in every European country, but the German/Austrian Glühwein (which means something like "glow wine", from the hot glowing irons once used to make it) is definitely one of my faves. I especially love how easy it is to just pick up a bottle of the ready-made stuff from nearly every supermarket and just heat it up a little on the stove before serving it. But of course, just like in the case of everything else, the home-made / from scratch version of it is even more wonderful. And almost just as easy :).
More on the history of mulled wine in general and this kind in particular over here.
Last year: White Russian (cocktail).
Two years ago: Chicken, rice and caraway soup (Asian-style).
Three years ago: Farfalle with cheddar cream, green apple and red onion.
Four years ago: German mustard cream pork chops and German apple and leek winter salad.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 750 ml dry red wine
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1-2 pieces of star anise
- 5 cloves
- pinch of allspice
- pinch of nutmeg
- 100 g white sugar
Just pour the wine in a small pot on the stove and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well over low heat to dissolve the sugar and once it reaches a simmer, keep it on low heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
Discard the solid spices and pour into cups. It's done, dig in! :)