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Homemade mulled wine

Hot German Wine (Glühwein)

5 from 2 votes
This hot German wine recipe (also known as Glühwein) made with orange juice tastes just like the ones served at Christmas markets.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Eloïse Jennes



  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 black peppercorns

For the Glühwein

  • 1 bottle of red wine*
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or another tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 bag of cinnamon tea* optional


  • Crush the cardamom pods with the flat side of a knife (see step-by-step pictures in post above).
  • Peel 2 oranges and cut them in slices. Juice the other orange.
  • Add the crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves and peppercorns to a large pot or Dutch oven and dry-roast them for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add the wine, orange juice, orange slices, sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon tea (if using) to the pot.
  • Cover with a lid and cook over low heat for 30 minutes with the lid on. Stir occasionally. Make sure the wine is not boiling to prevent alcohol evaporation.
  • Remove from the heat. If time allows, let it rest for one hour for the flavors to intensify. Remove the cinnamon tea bag (if used).
  • Run the wine through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the orange slices and whole spices. Serve warm.


  1. Choose a young, dry or semi-dry red wine with low tannin content and of mid-range quality. German wines such as a Dornfelder or Trollinger work well. Merlot, Syrah, Pinot noir or Carbernet Sauvignon wines are also great for Glühwein.  
  2. Adding a bag of cinnamon tea to the mulled wine really intensifies the cinnamon flavor. Our favorite tea is "Hot Cinnamon Spice" by Harney & Sons.
  3. Storage tips: you can store the virgin mulled wine in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g
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