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  1. Stephanie
    December 15, 2011

    Silly memory, several years ago when I was an older teenager, I knocked over a bottle of wine in our laundry room (wine rack is in there). Of course, it broke and spilled all over. Mom helped me clean it up but the reason I remember is it smelled SO good. A couple years ago, I spotted the same bottle in the liquor store. As you prob ably guessed, it was Glühwein. Snatched that right up and I’ve been in love since. It warms you so nicely and the wine just smells like the holidays somehow.

    Now this…. I absolutely must try making it from scratch now! Thank you for posting :D

    • Barb
      December 15, 2011

      What a great memory of Glühwein :) Even if its silly, it’s those little moments you remember. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! And you definitely should try making it yourself because the aroma it exudes in your house is so wonderful.

  2. Abbey
    December 17, 2011

    I’m going to try this for my Christmas party tomorrow. Would you double all of the recipe if you want to have two bottles worth of wine?

    • Barb
      December 17, 2011

      Hi Abbey – Yes, just double the ingredients and it should definitely work. Make sure you use a large pot. At the end, depending on how sweet you want it you may want to adjust and put in more sugar or for strength add more or less brandy or rum. Enjoy your Christmas party!

  3. Leoanna
    December 18, 2011

    Hey nice recipe. It’s Christkindlmarkt actualy and it’s only Glühwein as long as there is only wine in it if you ad something stronger it becomes Punsch^^ (This has also to do with the fact that you are allowed wine and beer at age 16 in austria but nothing stronger)
    I usually make my mothers recipe but I’ll try adding some vanilla the nexttime that sounds tasty.

    • Barb
      December 18, 2011

      Thanks Leoanna for the correction! I’ve fixed the typo. About the addition of rum/brandy, I know the traditional Glühwein is only made with wine so I’ve made the rum optional. We’re a little more flexible here in the States ;)

      • Michael
        December 8, 2014

        I just returned from Germany and they do indeed add RUM at some of the stands at the Christmas Markets

      • Barb
        December 9, 2014

        Yes they do :) Actually leaving soon for Germany, can’t wait to have some!

  4. Kate
    January 12, 2013

    This was absolutely delicious. I didn’t cook it quite as long as it says, but it tasted just the way it did at the German christmas market!

    • Barb
      January 13, 2013

      Awesome, I’m glad the glühwein turned out well for you! Thanks for the comment, Kate.

  5. Ann
    July 16, 2013

    For how long can you store the left over gluhwein?

    • Barb
      July 16, 2013

      Hi Ann – You can store in the refrigerator for a day or two, covered, and then just heat it up in a pot or microwave when you’re ready to drink.

  6. Patty
    September 16, 2013

    I made this last night. Sounded good since the weather has turned a little cool for now. It tasted great and made the house smell like I was baking something like a spice cake. This will definitely be a “go-to” cold weather drink in our house! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Barb
      September 16, 2013

      That’s great to hear Patty! Thinking of making this soon as well since the weather has been getting chilly at night. I’m so happy you enjoyed the glühwein and thanks for your comment!

  7. Sharon
    October 25, 2013

    I use apple cider & honey, rather than sugar. It makes a great gift in mason jars with a ribbon & gift tag.

    • Barb
      October 25, 2013

      I agree, this would be a wonderful gift! Your version sounds great, Sharon.

  8. Mel
    December 20, 2013

    We have a recent egg allergy in the family, and this is going to be the perfect holiday beverage to replace my egg nog. When I was in Switzerland at the Christmas markets, Gluhwein made me so very happy. Any time I drink it now, it takes me right back to the magical, storybook Christmas town.

    • Barb
      December 22, 2013

      How wonderful, Mel! The same feeling goes for me as well whenever I’m in Germany. I’m actually here now and going to a Christmas market soon…we’ll be drinking some Gluhwein tonight :) Frohe Weihnachten!

  9. Elin Kendall
    December 2, 2014

    First time we tried this wss at Berlin Zoo when it was freezing cold back in the 90’s? it lept us warm walking around x we have it every year, tastes nicer than mulled wine,!!

    • Barb
      December 5, 2014

      Thanks for your comment, Elin! We’re going to Germany for Christmas this year so I’m excited to have it again :)

  10. Steve
    December 11, 2014

    Is the mulled wine recipe the same as the ones served in Belgium during Christmas?

    • Barb
      December 12, 2014

      I’ve never been to Belgium but I’m sure they make a similar drink. I believe most European countries have special mulled wine recipes during the holidays.

  11. Wolfgang Bev
    December 29, 2014

    I found your recipe last year and made it all winter long. I went to look for it this year on our computer and realized it was on our other computer that was replaced after a lightening storm. So I was in search of finding yours again. The one thing I remembered that was unique from all the others is that you add a 1/2cup wine during the second 30mins to the sugar syrup. You have no idea how happy I was when I found it after searching for several hours. The others just never measured up. My husband was born and raised in Germany so he knows how Gluhwein is suppose to taste. After going to Nuremburg Christmas Market I knew I had to find a recipe that pleases us both. Yours far exceeds all expectations. I now have it bookmarked on ALL of our electronic devices so it doesn’t get lost again. I add about a half cup of Bacardi Rum and increase the sugar to 1cup. We like ours on the sweeter side and add a little to our Black Tea before drinking. My husband says everytime I make it that it’s as great or better than Nuremberg’s and don’t have to travel as far to get it. He LOVES your recipe!!! I tell him it’s because of the spices, vanilla bean and citrus peels that really makes the difference. Truly the best recipe and can’t thank you enough for it making my husband so happy… in so many ways ;) Now I can’t wait to try the rest of your recipes!

    • Barb
      January 3, 2015

      Hallo! I’m so sorry for the late response (just got back from Germany!), but I just wanted to say thank you for your nice comment. I’m so happy you and your husband love this recipe as much as we do! :D

  12. Hop Goblin
    February 3, 2015

    Many thanks for sharing mulled wine recipe, I have founded best stuff on this blog.

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