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Revealed! Gisela’s own Glühwein Recipe

Revealed! Gisela’s own Glühwein Recipe
November 10, 2017 Gisela Graham Team

Glühwein is a part of Christmas for me. Every year, in December I go for a pilgrimage back to Bremen, my hometown where they have the best of all the German Christmas Markets. If you get the chance, you must go! A big feature in the festive food and drink stalls – especially the Glühwein stalls. But I also make Glühwein myself over the Christmas Period for all of my friends and family to enjoy!

My Recipe

  • 2 bottles of good red wine
  • 1/2 a litre of water
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 140g sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 sticks of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 a vanilla pod (or drops of vanilla essence)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 clementines, sliced horizontally
  1. Put the dry ingredients in a saucepan and cover with wine.
  2. Very gently heat until sugar dissolves
  3. Stir and add the water, continue to simmer very slowly for 10 minutes, not allowing it to boil
  4. Strain off the spices and slices of clementine
  5. Serve with clementine slices (optional)

NOTE: some people add a glass of plum schnapps or brandy to mix at the beginning.