Mulled Wine - German Glühwein

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Glühwein or Mulled Wine

Is a traditional Austrian beverage , often enjoyed as part of a festive Austrian market. The alpine region of Austria is famous for its warming mulled wine , Made with Red wind , cinnamon , Orange and just the right mix of  cloves & Sugar.

In this recipe, we are trying to re capture the traditional Alpine wine. To fill your Christmas with the warmth of a Festive Austrian market.


This recipe makes approx. 10 servings - but I guess that depends on the size of your festive glass ?  The use of the Slow cooker to keep this Mulled Wine allows you to enjoy the evening while the Glühwein stays warm , ready to serve with a slice of orange.

Merry Christmas


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Ingredients : 
  • 2 x 750 ml Bottles of Merlot (Red wine)
  • 500 ml Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 200 g of Soft Brown Sugar
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Orange (Cut into Slices)
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 1 grated Nutmeg
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 Bay Leaves
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Method : 
  • Get your slow cooker on the High setting.
  • Slice the Vanilla Pod length ways .
  • Put the Lemon Juice , water , brown sugar , cloves , cinnamon , Oranges , Vanilla Pod , Nutmeg , Star Anise & Bay leaves into a large pan and bring to the Boil, then simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Empty the two bottles of Wine into the slow cooker.
  • Empty the pan of boiling water and other ingredients into the slow cooker with the wine.
  • Mix together and cover.
  • Reduce the heat to low and warm for 30 minutes.
  • Reduce heat again to 'Warm' and keep until ready to drink


 ' Serve in a warm glass with a slice of Orange and a cinnamon stick .... '