Sweater weather has us dreaming about cozying up with a mug of this mulled wine. This recipe for Glühwein, aka German mulled wine, is from Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell ($11), and it’s guaranteed to become your go-to cocktail for entertaining through the holiday season. Red wine — eight bottles, to be exact — simmers with sugar, cinnamon sticks, oranges, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, lemons, and brandy until it’s warm, spiced, and sweet. Can you smell it already?
This big-batch recipe makes about 40 servings, so it’s ideal for entertaining, but you can easily scale down the recipe to fit your needs. Check out the full recipe below, and prepare to bookmark it immediately.
- 8 bottles (750 milliliters each) dry, fruity red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Beaujolais
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 3 oranges studded with cloves, then sliced into 1/2-inch-thick wheels
- 30 whole cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Peel of 2 lemons
- 2 1/2 cups brandy, such as Armagnac or Cognac
- 1 bottle (750 milliliters) kirsch or maraschino liqueur, for serving
- Combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, clove-studded orange wheels, cloves, mace, allspice, nutmeg, and lemon peel in a 9-quart stockpot over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer, 15 minutes.
- Add the brandy and simmer, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large heatproof bowl, pressing the oranges with the back of a spoon to extract the juice; discard the
solids. Return the Glühwein to the pot and keep warm, over low heat. To serve, pour 1/2 ounce of the kirsch into each mug and top with 1/2 cup of the Glühwein.