Over the years, I have tried many different recipes, but none seemed to quite get the same flavor that we enjoyed in Germany. I finally discovered a spice that had been missing- cardamon seed. It made all the difference!
How to Make Gluhwein!
One bottle of red wine
Juice from one large orange
1/4 cup of cane sugar
1 large cinnamon stick (or two small)
4 juniper berries
2 star anise
1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamon seed
Add cinnamon stick, juniper berries and star anise to a cheesecloth or as I like to use, a tea ball(A tea ball is my favorite thing ever to use in place of cheesecloth in recipes. Trust me, you will love it. Your welcome.)
Add orange juice and cane sugar to saucepan on high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat, stir and simmer for about 10 minutes or as it gets syrupy (technical term 😉
Add red wine and your tea ball, let simmer for about 20 minutes- so all those wonderful ingredients mesh together for a bit and your house is filled with the smell of Christmas.
Also, I am not German (well… maybe like 10%? I am a mutt) so do not be mad if this does not taste like the way your Grandma made it (because making alcoholic drinks is what Grandmoms do? I digress. If your Grandma does, Id like to meet her though!)
This is my version based on my memory from what I had during our wonderful times in Germany for Christmas. And trust me, I tried so many variations!!
On a side note, I am obsessed with using tree trimmings as my Christmas centerpiece on table. A clear vase and some simple greenery and I am in love… This is actually not a staged shot, and how my table looks! (well, I dont ALWAYS have mulled wine on it!)
I hope you are enjoying Christmas on A Bubbly Life! All my Christmas DIYS are fast and easy, you still have time!