Philipp’s Glühwein- German Christmas Market Sweet Mulled Wine

My future son-in law- Philipp made this sweet warm wine for us one Christmas. It is now my favorite holiday beverage.

Warm sweet wine tinged with fruit and spices is perfect served fireside in the frosty snow.

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’s fiancé 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.


Phillipp stewed spices such as cloves and cinnamon with loads of citrus in the red wine.

Serve this mulled wine with our Classic Gingerbread Cookies.

Recipe is HERE.

Our Bavarian feast- Gingerbread hearts, sausages, homemade rolls, apple mousse and potato pancakes and roasted almonds.

Glühwein- serves 4

  • 1 bottle of (good) dry red wine

  • 1 Orange

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 2 TBSP sugar

  • 2 TBSP honey

  • Cinnamon sticks or orange slices for garnish

To top off our Holiday- Ghülwein.

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.
Philipp & Kimmons with sweet Heidi- they cooked a lot for us this year.
New Year’s Eve was perfect- We were surrounded by good friends, great drinks, a warm fire and midnight fireworks. Here’s to 2021!

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