Winter Beverage: Austrian "Glühwein" | Christmas Chat

Tuesday, December 08, 2015



Want to bring a winter wonderland to your house?
As you can all tell from the title, the following recipe is for a typically Austrian winter beverage. Just imagine this scenery: Snow is falling and the temperatures are just below 0 degrees. You and your family and friends are taking a walk outside. You get cold and just happen to pass a little stand on the street that serves all sorts of beverages and snacks. “Glühwein” will not only warm your freezing fingers, it will also warm you up from the inside.
While drinking this lovely beverage, you cannot help to feel happy and blessed (and a little buzzed). 

Ingredients:
-        1l light red wine (preferably <12%)
-        1 orange
-        1 tangerine
-        juice of 1 lemon
-        75gr sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
-        300ml water (more or less depending on how strong you want it)
-        10 cloves
-        2 cinnamon sticks

Please be aware that this beverage contains alcohol, so please only prepare and drink it if you are of age and thus legally allowed to.

Preparation:
For a quality check, open your wine and have a little(!) sip. Then pour it into a pot.
Cut the lemon in half, press it to get the juice and cut the tangerine and the orange into slices. Add the citrus fruit, the sugar, the water, the cloves and the cinnamon sticks to the wine.
Begin cooking the Glühwein at medium heat and stir to help the sugar dissolve. Put the lid on the pot and let it simmer on low heat for 30 to 45 minutes.
Try your Glühwein to see if it suits your taste. You could now add a bit more water or even honey if you fancy.
Serve in a cute winter mug, cuddle up and enjoy!



This Christmas Chat is really special to me, because me lovely cousin Julia (almost sister I dare say) agreed to join in and take over my blog for today.

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