When its cold outside, there is nothing like some gluehwein to warm you up from the inside out. The German beverage is a perfect treat on a cold winter night.


Gluehwein is a German drink that is usually associated with the Christmas season. You can get a cup or ten of gluehwein at any Christmas Market in Germany. Its perfect to go along with the steaming hot bratwurst sandwiches that all the vendors there sale.

Here in the United States it sounds like it should be spelled ‘glue-vine’. I’ve seen it spelled ‘gluewein’, ‘gluvine’, ‘gluwine’ and ‘gluwein’. It doesn’t matter how you spell it, as long as you enjoy it.

Here’s a recipe that can be made in your own home. Experiment with the spices till you get just the way you like it!

Gluehwein Recipe


  • a bottle of red wine
  • handful of whole cloves
  • handful of whole star anise
  • sections of one orange
  • about 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • about 1 tsp nutmeg


Start by warming the wine being careful that you don’t let it come to a boil. Add the spices and orange sections. Squeeze the orange sections to make sure the juice gets out and mixed in well. Let the mixture simmer (without boiling) for about 15 minutes or more. After it has simmered to the point that the flavors are combined well, pour it through a strainer to get the whole spices out.

Alternatively, you can put the spices in cheese cloth or a spice strainer and sit them in the wine while it is simmering.

Don’t worry about getting an expensive wine, in fact, any good red wine will work just fine.

Serve warm and enjoy!

first posted 12/13/2008