Thursday, December 24, 2015

Traditional European Christmas Market Glühwein Recipe

Traditional Glühwein Recipe
Forralt bor, Hungary's version of glühwein or mulled wine.
We recently returned from a trip with Viking River Cruises.  We cruised along the Danube and visited European Christmas markets at every port of call, including Budapest, Vienna, and a few German towns in Bavaria.  European Christmas markets are full of great gifts, food, and drinks.  Our favorite treat from the Christmas markets was glühwein.  Glühwein, or mulled wine, is a warm beverage made with wine and spices, perfect for warding off the cold of winter.  As our Christmas gift to you, we provide you with this traditional glühwein recipe.

Traditional Glühwein Recipe

1 bottle red wine
1 cup water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
6 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange cut into pieces

Put water and sugar in a pot and bring to just under a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
Reduce heat to just under a simmer and add 
wine, lemon juice, orange pieces, cloves and cinnamon sticks.
Let steep for 10 minutes to an hour, covered.
Remove cloves and cinnamon.
Serve in a mug, preferably a souvenir mug from a European Christmas market.

This can also be done in a crock pot.

Serves 2 to 4 (depending on how much evaporates).

With this simple glühwein recipe, you can be transported to the Christmas markets of Europe from the comfort of your own home.

From Passports & Cocktails

Travel the World: A simple and traditional glühwein recipe (also known as mulled wine) inspired by the Christmas markets of Europe.

Katherine Belarmino has been traveling for over ten years on a quest to see as much of the world as possible, experience new cultures, and sample other cuisines and libations. She also writes the travel blog Travel the World, which journals her world travels with her husband Romeo and seeks to encourage others to take the time to travel.