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​Gluhwein love!

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Gluhwein love!

If you have been lucky enough to visit a Kristkindel market in Germany we hope you didn't miss tasting the soul warming famous spiced wine.  Try our favourite version!  Incorporating those rich red wine flavours, a little sweetness, a little citrus and some amazing spice tones.

Ingredients

1 orange, skin peeled into large pieces with a vegetable peeler, then juiced
1 lemon, skin peeled into large pieces with a vegetable peeler, then juiced
½ cup sugar

2 Star anise
5 cloves
3 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp nutmeg powder (freshly grated if possible)
pinch ginger powder
pinch black pepper (freshly ground)
1 vanilla pod, halved lengthwise

1 bottle red wine
¼ cup brandy or rum (optional)

Process

Place the orange and lemon peel, juice and sugar in a large saucepan.
Add all the spice ingredients and simmer at a low boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Add the wine and slowly heat the mixture – don’t boil it, you want to retain the alcohol in the wine.

Strain the mixture through a muslin cloth to remove the spice flavouring ingredients, then add the brandy or rum.

Serve in heatproof glasses.


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