Recipe: Glühwein, mulled wine for Christmas and wintertime (and a bit about Christmas markets in Europe)

Originally published in December 2005, edited in November 2008, and edited again to add more Christmas market info this year.

Bubbling Vin Chaud

I have rather mixed feelings about Christmas markets (called Weichnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt in German (depending on where in Germany, Austria or Switzerland you are) and Marché de Noël in French), which abound in this part of the world at this time of year. On one hand, they are colorful and seasonal and very festive. But unlike flea markets, which I'm addicted to, and crafts/artisan's markets, the merchandise selection can be a bit mixed. There's an awful lot of touristy junk being sold. They can also be horribly crowded - try going to the Nürnberg (Nuremberg) market on a weekend after 7pm and coming out alive! (Note: I wrote that sentence back in 2005, but in recent years I've noticed that there was a whole lot less junk and more of the things Christmas market fans love, such as locally crafted items. Maybe people are paying attention to what people want!)

nur_gluhweinstall.jpgWhat makes Christmas markets tolerable is Glühwein, which is a mulled wine. Hot, a bit sweet, and spiced, it warms you up nicely as you brace yourself for another round of stall-gazing with more enthusiastic friends and family members pulling you along.

I like to make a potful of Glühwein sometimes at home too. It's a great drink to have after a bracing walk or yet another shopping trip. But the main reason I make it is that it makes the house smell so wonderfully festive.

The base for Glühwein varies - it can be white wine, cider (the alcoholic European kind of cider, not the apple juice of that name sold in North America), or even Jagermeister (which seems to be a controversial choice according to some comments, but what can I say...I've seen it mentioned more than a few times!) I think that a robust red wine works the best though. If you want to up the alcoholic content and fun quotient, add a shot of liqueur like kirsch or pflaumen to each mug. (Don't add the shots to the hot pot or you will get a faceful of knock-out fumes.) No need to stop making it after Christmas either - it's such a warming, fragrant drink that it's served at many ski resorts.

Glühwein, mulled wine

Nurenberg Christmas market - enjoying a Glühwein

  • A 750ml bottle of inexpensive dry red wine (no need to splash out on something expensive, but it should be drinkable. I usually just use whatever red wine is on sale at the supermarket.)
  • 2/3 cup of raw cane sugar or white sugar, or non-artificial sweetener of your choice
  • Juice and peel of one small lemon
  • 2 cardamon pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Put everything in a heavy bottomed pan. Stir to melt the sugar. Heat the mixture over low heat, and leave for about an hour - it should never boil, just sort of seethe.

Serve in small mugs (straining out the peel and spices), with optional shot of brandy, kirsch or other liqueur.

Notes: Increase the amount proportionately to serve more people. Vary the sweetener to change the taste - honey is interesting, as is dark brown sugar or molasses.

My take on some Christmas markets in Europe

My favorite big, typically Germanic Christmas markets are the ones at Salzburg, Austria and Strasbourg, France. The decidedly non-Germanic Christmas markets in the Provence, such as the one in Aix-en-Provence, are wonderful too, and a lot less frantic.

Lavender stalk Christmas ornaments from France

A speciality of Provence is santons, small figurines that depict daily life. These ones are made of painted clay, which is the most usual form. Larger ones are dressed in fabric and so on.

Pizza maker santons, Aix-en-Provence, France

If you love Christmas ornaments and things, Nürnberg (Nuremberg) in Germany, the biggest market of them all, is worth at least one visit, though you can buy the same Christmas items in the permanent stores in town without the awful crowds at any time of the year.

Nurenberg Christmas market - glass Christmas ornaments

Raclette and Glühwein sign

The market here in Zürich have improved a lot in recent years -- last year I found lots of the type of things I love, such as handcrafts. The town of Zürich itself becomes elegantly decked out for the season, and the major Christmas market in the great hall of the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) is quite spectacular. The Glühwein with raclette combo is a standard snack at Swiss markets, and is mighty tasty. Here's the Christmas tree at the Hauptbahnhof from last year, bedecked with hundreds of Svaroski Crystal ornaments.

Zürich Hauptbahnhof Christmas Market Tree by Swaroski

There are many terrific Christmas markets all around Switzerland, especially in small towns. They are not as famous as the German ones, but well worth going to -- and less crowded. Consult the Swiss Tourism site for a schedule.

Last year, I went to a lot more Christmas markets around Switzerland. Here are some photos from them:

A Zigerkrapfen is a fried pastry filled with a cream cheese filling. Delicious! At the Rapperswil (on Lake Zurich) market.

Zigerkrapfen

Angels (actually school kids who wander around the market dressed as such) taking a McDo break at the Rapperswil market:

Even angels like...McDonald's?

The vin chaud (mulled wine) stall at the market in Neuchâtel, in the French speaking part of Switzerland:

Vin Chaud stall

The indoor handcraft market at Neuchâtel:

Neuchatel Christmas indoor handcraft market

Lebkuchen (spiced bread) for sale at the Bern market:

Gingerbread - Lebkuchen

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Hi there. I’m from Ireland

Hi there. I’m from Ireland and found this site while hunting down recipes for mulled wines. Yours sound delicious! I will leave you more feedback soon as I try it out… actually I’m now thinking to have a stall at our Irish markets with this myself.. can I ask you how would you serve the warm wine to people on the street??

sinead | 20 November, 2007 - 00:59

Glühwein

Hi Sinead, I'm in germany now and the way i have seen it mostly served is either out of a simple urn (big electric water cooker) obviously one that doesnt boil the contents or has heat control, or you can use a big pot over a fire pit. Good luck. Also if you want to order glühwein already made in bottles I have seen it online where you can buy in bulk. Just pour and heat :)

Matt. | 22 November, 2010 - 22:13

Glühwein

Sinead, the way they serve it on the streets at the Christmas markets around these parts is from big pots on top of burners…I’m guessing they actually make it elsewhere and just keep it warm at the stalls. They ladle it out into the souvenir cups (which you pay a deposit on and can be returned, though I think a lot of people keep them).

maki | 20 November, 2007 - 11:11

Gluhwein

Hello!
Here in New England I have been making mulled wine (and mulled cider both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) for years now. I have found that using a slow cooker or crock pot really helps. The crock pot can be left heating at the table without taking up valuable stove top space. What a wonderful smell that fills the house with a spicy vapor.
Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

Mysofa | 20 November, 2007 - 19:53

crock pot

A crock pot would indeed be ideal for making mulled wine and cider. Thanks for the tip!

maki | 20 November, 2007 - 20:21

Re: crock pot

I was actually going to ask that question regarding the crock pot!!How long would one let that simmer?

Drake | 9 December, 2011 - 02:01

recipe

I am from the US and visited Germany a couple of years ago where I first tasted Gluhwein. It was a welcome drink to a cold frosty evening in Munster. Thank you for the information provided here as well as the comments from others as I plan on making this for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Deb | 3 December, 2007 - 02:11

Dry or Sweet wine

Does it matter if you use a dry red wine or a sweet red wine for Gluhwein? I don’t like dry red wines but i love sweet reds.

Jason | 8 December, 2007 - 22:03

dry or sweet

Usually a dry wine or combination is recommended. It’s best to have a fairly robust wine that can stand up to the sugar and spices. (And the sweetness is added with with sugar.) In Nurenberg they use a Franconian light red wine, and here in Switzerland they’d use a Dole or something like that. In the U.S. a red Zinfandel or a light Merlot might work well. Nothing fancy or expensive is needed - a decent table wine will do it.

maki | 9 December, 2007 - 00:39

Bay Leaves

Are bay leaves completely necessary for the flavor?
May I substitute oranges for the lemon?
I’m trying this for a 40+ person party Monday night! Yum.

Wendy | 16 December, 2007 - 07:18

bay leaves

Nothing is completely necessary - bay adds a subtle depth to the flavor but the other spices will compensate. And sure oranges will work (it will taste more orangey of course) Good luck with the party!

maki | 16 December, 2007 - 15:54

Christkindlesmarkt

My husband and I moved to Nuremberg in May, and I’m enjoying my first real winter here (my husband’s from Nuremberg). We’ve been to the Nuremberg market three times, and to the Lauf and Rothenburg markets once each. The markets are fun, way better at night than during the day—we walked around, took pictures, pointed at things. It’s really just a feast for the eyes, more than anything else; other than food, we didn’t buy anything. All three versions of the gluhwein—the regular red, heidelbeer, and kirsch—and the kinderpunsch, are good, but I have to say that my favorite was heidelbeer. If you have some blueberry syrup or liquer, definitely add a bit to your gluhwein!

MJ | 23 December, 2007 - 10:24

Jäger!

(I don’t know why this post just turned up in my RSS feed today…)

I would just like to say, with a gasp: Jägermeister for glühwein!!! The mind boggles. What does it taste like? Wait, don’t tell me: It’s “So smooooth…” (the Jägermeister advertising slogan for years).

meg | 23 December, 2007 - 17:00

Merry Christmas maki!

Merry Christmas maki! Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

tiptup | 24 December, 2007 - 19:09

Gluehwein

We make it with orange instead of lemon (and without the cardamon/bay, although that does sound interesting!) - it is important to let it simmer for ages, though! Lots of people seem to want to get it hot then serve it on the spot.

Anyway, I came to say I used your Easter brunch idea for a Christmas eve brunch!

http://www.fotonomy.com/sylvia/photo/32a91a6d/

Sylvia | 25 December, 2007 - 22:30

But don’t even simmer it

But don’t even simmer it or the alcohol will evaporate! Just heat it very gently.

Robsterowski | 1 December, 2008 - 15:44

Thank you!

Just a little note to say thank you for sharing this recipe! I made it last night to serve at our mid winter Christmas (we are in New Zealand) and it was very much enjoyed by all… And we will definitely be making some again this Winter!
Thanks again, Emily.

Emily | 22 June, 2008 - 03:56

Can you store it?

I want to make gluhwein for my wedding favors since my wedding is in December, but I’m worried about how long it will keep and how to bottle it. Any ideas??

Valerie | 28 June, 2008 - 05:47

Weihnachtsmarkt & Glühwein?!

Hi from Germany!

I love your blog and was quite irritated to find an “ü” on this page… ^^

What I can strongly recommend about Glühwein is not to use a red wine, but take a blueberry wine or cherry wine if you can get one. Syrup doesn´t do the trick. Real Fruitwine outrivals any artifical flavor.
Star-anis (one) also makes a nice flavour for Glühwein.

Heike | 4 September, 2008 - 15:58

Your mama!

Oh gosh, isn’t that a picture of your mom? It’s so adorable. It reminds me a lot of my mom, even though my mom is a native Minnesotan white lady. They could probably share sweaters.

ariel | 27 November, 2008 - 07:55

Mom

Yes, that’s my mom! That’s her at the Nurenberg market, enjoying a Glühwein. She just loves Christmas markets, and is bummed out that she can’t make it here for the season this year because her IBD is flaring up again :( Hopefully she will be able to come next year.

If your mom also loves knitting, that may make them twins in spirit ^^

maki | 28 November, 2008 - 05:50

Oh my gosh, it's true.

Are you kidding? The woman has cranked out two hats and part of a sweater in the past week! Clearly, they are the same person. Or BFFs who don’t know each other.

ariel | 30 November, 2008 - 07:47

That is too funny ^^

That is too funny ^^

maki | 1 December, 2008 - 11:33

Chicago's Christmas Market

My daughter took me to the market downtown on Daly Plaza. amazing! not only German goods, but vendors from Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and even South America.
Bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat, and Gluhwein.
Yummy!
Cuckoo clocks, too!

John | 2 December, 2008 - 01:06

Biggest outside Germany

Chicago’s Christkindlmarket is now in it’s 13th year and has become the largest and most attended holiday market of it’s kind outside of Germany. We are from Chicago (now living in MN) and have gone every year, including last Saturday while home for my birthday. My husband grew up in Germany and it is SO FUN to go down, eat, drink hot wine and meet new people. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip too. I’m interested in trying this recipe because the wine this year was REALLY great!

Elisha | 20 December, 2008 - 23:03

Re: Chicago's Christmas Market

My husband & I have attended the Chicago Christkindlmarket every year for the past 11 years while attending a convention there the week before Christmas. This is the thing that I look forward to the most! It has sparked an interest in both of us to go to Europe during the time of the Holidays to "Market Hop", but as of yet been able to go since he is a teacher and don't want to be away at Christmas since he is also an only child. His parents won't fly so we can't take them with us. One day we will go to the Christmas Markets in Europe, until then I will enjoy Chicago every year!

Laurie | 18 October, 2009 - 19:47

Hurra!

Glad to see the Strasbourg market is one of your favourites! It’s my part time home, so somehow I manage to justify a mini swell of pride reading that, hehe.
I love walking around the Christmas markets wherever possible, but only get frustrated with the amount of people in my adopted hometown. Strange, that.
Either way, thanks for another great post, older nonwithstanding. :)

Lisa | 9 December, 2008 - 21:35

thanks a lot, it’s really

thanks a lot, it’s really helpful.

james | 10 December, 2008 - 09:51

gluhwein

watched a show on HGTV about Cristmas towns here in the US. Leavenworth, Washington state has a strong German influence and gluhwein was mentioned but no recipe given. Thank goodness for search engines since I was trying to spell it ” gluevine” no luck there! I’ll try your recipe for Christmas Day luncheon. Many thanks

jeanie | 21 December, 2008 - 16:23

I just tried making some

I just tried making some glühwein in the slow cooker I have at home - and although it doesn’t snow in Singapore, right about December it gets pretty rainy and hence rather cool, and this is a fantastic drink for the weather and season. Thanks a lot, Maki!

Kevin | 24 December, 2008 - 09:07

this mulled wine recipe was

this mulled wine recipe was delicious! i doubled the recipe and to serve some friends who were coming over, but two bottles still only served about one mug for five people. maybe you could double it still to serve more people? anyway, turned out very nicely except there aren’t any cardomom pods in my area, so i just added an extra cinnamon stick instead, and i didn’t double the sugar because it seemed like a lot of sugar to put in. absolutely delicious! thanks for the recipe!!

Alison | 25 December, 2008 - 02:11

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I visited Berlin for the first time about a month ago, and one of the best things (besides the Christmas markets) was the gluhwein! When I got home, I searched for recipes, and voila! here you are! I really enjoyed your recipe - I think the addition of bay leaves is very unique. My husband (Japanese) loved the real thing, and thought my version was too strong - truly, I have seen other recipes that add water. Do you ever add water to yours, especially since it steeps over heat for such a long time? Just curious... I think now that I should have covered the pot, but didn't think to do so. At any rate, my father found bottled gluhwein at a shop in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and my husband insists that it is the same as what we had in Berlin (it isn't, this stuff comes from Koblenz). Whew! Sorry for such a long post - just wanted to say I really love your site, you have such a fantastic mix of recipes!

kuri | 8 January, 2009 - 23:20

Greetings from Berlin

I look forward to the Weinnachtsmärkte every year (they're mostly just called Christkindlemärkte in Bavaria). Here in Berlin we have several markets, and the quality of the Glühwein is fairly proportional to the quality of each market.

In the ghetto kitchy markets like the one on Kudamm and maybe parts of the Stastsoper market, you can expect to find the sticky sweet bottled stuff (which is... um... not recommended) and lots of the cheap fruit wine version with berries and loads of sugar in it (you will have a headache for 24 hours).

But at the hoity-toity ones at Schloss Charlottenburg or Gendarmenmarkt, you can find super tasty versions with regular wine, fruit wine, whatever you want, homemade and with more delicate flavors. Plus the shopping is worlds better, with cuter stands and better service (generally). But the ghetto kitchy ones are fun, too.

anon. | 31 October, 2009 - 16:56

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I am a bit confused. I have been living for a few years in Berlin and I really think the name for a Christmas market is "Weinachtsmarkt." Is that a regional difference?

Anyway thanks so much for the recipe!

anon. | 18 November, 2009 - 21:13

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Yes it is a regional difference. Either one is good though!

maki | 19 November, 2009 - 08:50

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My husband and I were just reliving memories of our time living and working in Munchen. We arrived in Aug 1989 and stayed for three years. My all time favorite was the Kristkindlmarkt am Marienplatz, the hot gluhwein, and warm, freshly made cinnamon doughnuts. I immediately went searching for a recipe and found yours. Have decided to prepare a large batch and gift bottles to my neighbors so they can experience the delectable taste. But the majority for myself! Thank you for posting this on-line.

anon. | 30 November, 2009 - 09:24

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lol. Mulled wine reminds me of my HP days ;( I believe it was hagrid who drank it? ^___^ anyway the Zigerkrapfen look delicious! and the angel children look so cute <3 as well as everything else.

Lufflee | 15 December, 2009 - 04:29

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My best wishes for your mom to feel better very soon! It's not fun to be ill, but during the Holidays is even worse.

Here in Northern California it's finally cold enough to have a fire in the fireplace, so tomorrow I'm going to get the ingrediants for this. It sounds so good, and a perfect wine would be "two-buck chuck" which is a tasty and cheap wine sold by a quirky little foodstuff chainstore called Trader Joes. It's good and only $2. a bottle, hence the nickname! I love this time of year!

BarbJ | 15 December, 2009 - 04:51

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While I made glühwein last year, I probably won't be doing so this year, since I don't have a crock pot on hand and dormitory kitchens aren't the friendliest places to be around - I did find bottles of blueberry and cherry glühwein at the nearest Carrefour; bought a bottle of the blueberry one, and it'll be a delicious treat warmed up when the weather hits 0 at night later this week.

And I'm really sorry to hear about your mother. All the best to her, and may she recover soon!

Kevin | 15 December, 2009 - 10:21

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Thanks for this write up, and I hope your mom gets better soon!! She's such a nice, cheerful looking person and I like her guest posts.

I was recently in Paris (an opportunity arose) and made it over to Workshop Isse (as per your post) and even met Pikachan (although I think she was kind of scared of me, but the lady in the shop said she's sort of scared in general)! I brought some soy sauce (14 euros, but I'm sure it'll be good) and a rice paddle. I also made it to two of the Christmas Markets which were selling Vin Chard/Glühwein as well.

MN | 15 December, 2009 - 10:57

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We also have a very large Christmas market here in London, which now surpasses any Weihnachtsmarkt found in Germany. It seems a good opportunity to get your pocket picked, or have small children wipe their ketchup or candy floss-stained hands on your jacket, so I only gave it a cursory walk-through one Sunday morning, when it was still fairly quiet. At home, however, we do make our own mulled wine, which is always a great success.

Oh, and most of the stalls come straight from Germany, as does pretty much all of the food. No doubt they're making better business in London, but I do wonder which German towns are now missing their Christmas markets...

Katie | 15 December, 2009 - 18:38

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Katie, obviously you have never been to a proper german Weihnachtsmarkt.

anon. | 24 January, 2010 - 15:10

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Hi,

Had some fantastic Gluhwein in Bruge recently, especially nice whens its very cold!

Scott

Scott | 15 December, 2009 - 19:02

"Apple juice"???

In re: "the apple juice of that name sold in North America)" -- if you believe that North American fresh cider is "apple juice", you've never drunk either one.

lMary | 20 December, 2009 - 18:21

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Lovely article you wrote about the christmas markets in Switzerland and you are absolutly right, if you're afraid of crowds NEVER visit the Christkindlmarkt in Nürnberg but for everyone else it's fun.
But as a German girl, I'll have to tell you that christmas markets are called "Weihnachtsmarkt", only the one in Nürnberg is called Christkindlmarkt, it's a special term like the one for the christmas market in Dresden is "Striezelmarkt". Other truly beautiful ones are in Quedlinburg and Goslar(Harz mountains) because of their truly medieval setting.
Oh, and Glühwein has to be made of wine - be it grape wine or other fruitwine - otherwise it's not Glühwein, but maybe Met(honeywine) or Grog(a shot with water and sugar). The abomination that is Jägermeister is actually not really a typical German winterdrink- could it be that Jagertee?

chibigirlflower | 22 December, 2009 - 19:44

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Thank you. I had been looking for a recipe for Gluhwein and your blog entry caught my eye.
My husband had been stationed in Germany 20 years ago and had wistfully mentioned Gluhwein a few years ago. A friend was able to get a bottle of it for us (similar to the ones at the stand in the shot of your mother enjoying a mug). We had if for Christmas evening and enjoy it very much. I really wanted to have some to celebrate the new year, but figured I would not be able to find another bottle of it.
I think this will be a lovely surprise for him.

Thank you again for sharing the recipe.

I hope your mother is on the mend.

Carma | 28 December, 2009 - 23:49

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I just bought a German spiced wine and it is DELICIOUS! I prefer it warm. It seems to get very tart when it's cold.

I'm thinking about reducing some and having it with a pork roast.

Tiffany R | 29 December, 2009 - 03:54

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The huge pot sure looks impressive! I wonder why they have to be that big?!

Bluesummers | 6 January, 2010 - 09:33

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Thanks for sharing your recipe and your wonderful pictures! I'm glad you explained about the ChristKindlMarkts! It's really great information!

My husband and I were recently in Germany and France for our first time. We were able to visit six different cities and their Christmas Markets. We enjoyed sampling the Gluhweins and collected the souvenir Christmas mugs from each market.

Since the weather was in the 20's, it was wonderful to hold the hot mug in my hands and to breath in the delicious aroma of the gluhwein as I walked around the festive markets.

You're right! There are subtle differences in the Gluhweins in different cities and regions. I'm excited to try your recipe! (I would have never thought of bay leaves being added.) Thanks again for sharing it!

Your mom looks so cute in the picture! Blessings of healing to her! I hope she's feeling better now!

W. N.

Wendy | 8 January, 2010 - 18:04

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I love reading your posts.
Question: With what type of Digital SLR + lens did you take that picture of The bubbling vin chaud?
Thanks

S LLoyd | 9 January, 2010 - 01:54

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I actually didn't use a DSLR for that shot...I used my trusty little Sony Cybershot DSC-W300.

maki | 9 January, 2010 - 04:30

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Hi, From South Africa. We have the Soccer World Cup here at the moment and every Friday a couple of people in the offices get choose a country and then make some traditional food and drinks from that specific country. We are doing Germany tomorrow and I think they gonna love this gluhwein. At home we make some gluhwein every winter and enjoying it.

Leon van der Walt | 17 June, 2010 - 17:06

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i really like them too, but there is one i really have to praise. it's the seiffener weihnachtsmarkt. Seiffen is a small village on the eastern border of germany in the erzgebirge and it has the most authentic weihnachtsmarkt i've seen. no weihnachtsmarkt in a city can compare to atmosphere of this lovely gem.
As a spa village with a history in mining and a tradition for wood carving everything feels so authentic, snuggly and warm (altough it is freezing cold in the mountains ^^).

http://www.seiffen.de/index_3.cfm

anon. | 9 July, 2010 - 16:12

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wow!... Such a very lovely pic...Awesome Christmas markets in Europe..

John Chen | 23 October, 2010 - 05:04

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I lived in Germany for 3 years as a military spouse and went to many different christmas markets. I was so excited to see your pictures because they brought back some wonderful memeories (you have a picture of our favorite glass ornament booth!) Your recipe seems closest to the markt versions that my husband and I love. Thanks for putting it out there!

Ryle | 7 November, 2010 - 17:43

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We just visited Europe, specifically to see the Christmas markets and sample Gluehwein, and the one in Budapest was heavenly...I don't see it mentioned here. We cruised from Budapest on the Danube and the Main-Danube Canal to Nuernberg...and visited the Budapest, Vienna, Regensburg, Passau, and Nuernberg markets...we really love the Munich one, but did not have time. Budapest was very nice, and very much like the ones in Germany and Austria...apparently this is spreading. My recipe for "Glur" as our friend calls it is minus the Bay and the nutmeg...add water, and I always use the cheapest "red" wine..even the box stuff, and maybe Lambrusco or Cold Duck...and it has gotten rave reviews...we cobbled together a recipe from several online years ago..and it works.

John Mulshine | 7 January, 2011 - 21:27

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I've been to the German market in London and trust me, it is not a patch on any of the markets in Germany. My wife and I went to the Cologne markets for the first time in Dec 2010 and we loved them. Especially liked the gluhwein so much in the freezing temperatures. Now she makes it at home for me!
Seeing all those photos brings back lovely memories for us.
Now she wants to make some after seeing them...haha!

Robin | 13 February, 2011 - 20:33

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Hi, deeply appreciate your recipe of glühwein and sharing~ we will have a small party of Nederland-alumni-association in Taiwan in 26th. this month and i plan to make it for 20~ people, it probably will be done again in another party around March if i make it right!
And may I share the pictures to you after that party?..i can imagine they'll be reminding of the passed studying day in Europe, tearing with pleasure of enjoying the spicy flavor of it~~~Ha!

Marc wu | 14 February, 2011 - 15:58

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Great recipe, thanks. :)
Stayed at the Hotel Rappen in Rothenburg during last winter and they also brew an excellent "hand made" Glühwein for their guests. Can highly recommend this place: http://www.hotel-rappen-rothenburg.com

Mustache | 1 April, 2011 - 03:48

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Greetings - winter here and very cold ( for us that is ) people coming for dinner and Gluehwein on the agenda - Looking at your pages - are there Gluehweinstalls on the markets??

that would be fun

Schusss

Gerry. | 11 June, 2011 - 09:58

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I am on the way to prepare myself for "Advent". Glühwein I have made yesterday. I enjoyed the photos in this post. The one with the Lebkuchen lets me think of making Christmas cookies. Soon the Christmas Markets will open and I am looking forward to it. Greetings from Vienna, Austria.

Christa Herzog | 23 November, 2011 - 11:59

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Tried this last night and thought it was just like how I remembered it at the Frankfurt Christmas market a couple years back. Thanks for sharin! I think the bay leaves and cardamon gives it the complexity that makes it so good. I used a California merlot.

The added sugar seem to make it really sticky and a little sweeter than I would normally want. I am going to try less sugar and maybe add some juice.

I expect to make this several more times during the holidays!

Stuart | 26 November, 2011 - 17:41

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Yup, it's that time of the year again! I live in Zuerich so I know what you are talking about! I love X'mas in Europe, the feeling is very cozy and very festive. I much prefer this atmosphere then the one I experienced in Asia (I'm Chinese Canadian, by the way). I love glühwein and I love your blog! Just discovered it recently when I look for correct way of cooking soba noodles.

Liebe Grüße!

WH | 1 December, 2011 - 17:52

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While stationed in Germany in the 50's a family I knew made Gluhwein this way An old German recipe.
one bottle of red table wine {on the sweeter side}---one half cup of sugar--one half teaspoon of cinnamon or two cinnamon pods---four tablespoons of honey---Juice of one small lemon---one half dozen cloves---heat & stir till quite hot & all ingredients are dissolved but absolutely do not boil as the alcohol will evaporate---Strain & pour into a warm mug. Then you can sniff this as you sip on this delicious drink. The Germans gave this to their children {smaller amounts}as well as a remedy for colds and flu's. It surely hits the spot an a cold winters day believe me. Once you try this I'm sure you will try it again and again on those cold wintry days as it truly gives you a lift.

David Sedlarik | 8 December, 2011 - 18:01

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Re: cider, at least where I am in New England, alcoholic ("hard") cider is fairly popular still.

anon. | 19 December, 2011 - 20:02

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I made the Gluhwein at my Christmas party and it was a big hit! I was recently in Switzerland and travelled around to many of the Christmas markets. It was such a treat to have a warm cup of Gluhwein to walk around with and get into the Christmas spirit. I must say that this version was the closest out all the receipes I tried.

It was such a hit that I am still being asked to bring the stuff to make Gluhwein at dinner parties in Jan/Feb.

Thank you!

kallio | 6 January, 2012 - 18:27

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Hi there, we have just celebrated Christmas in July in sydney, Australia
My friend made the best mulled wine / gluhwien and there is
About a litre left over. I've poured it into a glass container and would like to drink it in our snowfields in a couple of weeks. Do I put it in the refrigerator till then? Or just keep it out in a cool spot in the kitchen ? To re heat can I place cup of gluhwien in the microwave ?
It just seems like the right place to drink it in the snow!
Cheers
Fabienne

Fabienne | 17 July, 2012 - 11:01

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I would keep it in the refrigerator, or even freeze it if possible. Re-heating in the microwave should be fine.

maki | 17 July, 2012 - 11:49

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Thank you for this recipe. This is the second year that I've used it and it was a big hit both times. Everyone wanted refills. Delicious! My mother was from Germany, so I especially appreciate your help in carrying on the tradition.

Andrea3 | 24 December, 2012 - 08:39

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Hi Maki-san,
We made your gluhwein recipe yesterday for Christmas eve, it was delicious! Thank you for sharing this post and I hope you continue to do well.

Claire LeGenou | 26 December, 2012 - 06:30

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Hi I am from Australia and my husband and I had a most wonderful holiday in Germany last year. I loved the wine in that country and particular the Gluhwein which i had never tasted before. Congratulations on your blog it is very informative and had me wishing i was in Germany again and away from the stifling christmas heat here in Australia and enjoying the lovely spiced wine.
Cheers Susan

Susan | 31 December, 2012 - 02:29

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