It is very pleasurable to stroll amongst the small wooden stall of a traditional German Christmas markets during a cold December day. There you will find all types of handcrafted wooden toys, handwoven pieces of clothing, chocolates, etc. There too, you will find one particular type of place which is going to sell you the traditional gluhwein : a hot, spiced wine similar to the British mulled wine.

There is a recipe for gluhwein:

  • 3 litres of dry, German red wine
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of clove
  • 10 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of fruit alcohol (schnapps)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 oranges, sliced
  • 3 lemons, sliced
In a large pot place the wine, lemon juice, spices and schnapps, bring to a gentle simmer. Then add the sugar and the sliced fruits.

Serve hot.

Vegan, vegetarian, nut free, lactose free, gluten free.