Hunky Hubbie and I are particularly blessed in that all three of our daughter’s have wondeful young men in their lives. Last year we gained a new son-in-law we adore. Our youngest daughter has a wonderful young man in her life named Philipp who hails from Frankfurt, Germany. Due to Covid, he was not able to travel home so we had Philipp all to ourselves for the holidays.
Philipp is an excellent young chef and created a memorable dinner for us one evening- an authentic German Market Christmas meal- sausages in homemade rolls, apple mousse served over potato pancakes, sweet roasted almonds, gingerbread hearts with messages of love piped in white icing and my favorite- Glühwein- a sweet spiced wine filled with cloves, cinnmon, honey and citrus.
I cannot think of a better Friday cocktail hour in the frosty months of January and February than this wonderful warm wine. It is spicy, sweet and fills and warms you up better than hot chocolate. We recommend serving fireside with a good book or outdoors with a roaring bonfire and good friends.
Glühwein- serves 4
1 bottle of (good) dry red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP honey
Cinnamon sticks or orange slices for garnish
Method- Prep time 1-2 hours
- Slice oranges thinly. Add all ingredients to a large pot, heat warm enough dissolve the sugar and honey– but DO NOT boil the wine.
- Take off heat and let sit for 1-2 hours. Reheat when ready to serve.
- Strain wine of oranges and spices.
Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick or orange slice to garnish.