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Around Christmastime, local holiday markets in the main squares and public houses in nearly every European town offer glühwein (hot mulled wine) as a delicious antidote to the season’s chill. To warm up on a stormy evening or put yourself in a celebratory mood, make your own at home. It is an easy, delightful way to share the holiday with friends.


  • 3 (750 ml) bottles dry red wine (zinfandel, pinot or Burgundy)
  • 1 C (192 g) sugar
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 pinches allspice
  • 2 pinches mace
  • 1 pt (473 ml) brandy
  • 1 qt (946 ml) dry white wine
  • 1 med orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 med lemon, cut into wedges


  • 2 med oranges, sliced
  • 12 cinnamon sticks


Pour red wine into a 3-gal pot (or larger) and heat gently; add sugar and spices, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add remaining ingredients and steep for 1 hour over low heat. To serve, remove fruit wedges and strain out cloves, garnishing with orange slices and a cinnamon stick.

  • Prep time: 2 minutes.
  • Cook time: 1 hour.
  • Makes 12 servings.