Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I don't think you could watch a German Eurovision on a cool autumn night without a warm glass of Gluhwein.

The very first time I made this was for a big family birthday party. A german friend, was there, we had adopted her as one of our own. When she tasted this, she looked at me and disbelief and said "I am home. This is exactly as it should taste."

I took that, as a pretty good compliment and have been making this recipe ever since.

I have a beautiful picture of my Nana on that night, a mug of warm Gluhwein in her hands, rosy red cheeks, a huge smile and a sparkle in her eyes.


(mulled wine)

makes 1 litre

• 1 bottle merlot
• 1/4 cup water

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 3 whole cloves
• 3 strips of lemon rind

• 3 strips of orange rind

Put all of the ingredients into a saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer. Do not boil. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Serve immediately.

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