Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gluhwein


Nothing political today.  It's cold in Chicago and I brewed some of this deliciousness to share with my book club tonight. 
 
Gl├╝hwein
 
You don't have to be German to appreciate this fruity, warm mulled wine.  You need only be human.   


1500 ml dry red wine (zinfandel, merlot, burgundy, etc.) 

1/2 cup sugar

3 cinnamon sticks

6 cloves, whole

Pinch each allspice, mace

1 cup brandy

1 orange, sliced

1/2 lemon, sliced
 
Pour wine into a large saucepot and heat over low heat.  Stir in sugar and spices until sugar is dissolved.  Add brandy and continue cooking until heated through (do not boil).

Add the lemon and orange. Steep for about 30 min. over low heat.

Serve hot in coffee mugs.  Garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.