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Official opinions: Carly’s cup of cheer

Now that the weather’s getting colder, it’s time to break out the handschuhe und wintermaentel! For my fellow Germans getting ready to hunker down for the winter (and anyone else looking for a cozy cure to the winter blues!), you’ll no doubt enjoy this delicious homemade brew of traditional German mulled wine,. Take in the smell of simmering spices, snuggle up with a blanket and good friends, put on some fantastic music and sip away.

Gerne trinken!

-Carly

Traditional Mulled Wine (Gluehwein)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of dry red wine
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 4 Anis, whole
  • 1 Tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 oranges, sliced

Preparation:
• Pour the red wine into a large pot over low heat (make sure not to boil the wine!)
• When the wine begins to warm, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, anis, nutmeg, and sugar
• Heat thoroughly, then add the sliced lemon and oranges
• Simmer the mixture for 45 minutes over low heat (again making sure not to boil the wine)
• Do a quick taste-test and add more sugar as needed
• Strain and serve warm in a mug garnished with orange slices, a cinnamon stick, or a couple of anis floating on top of the wine

Feel free to experiment with the amount of spices, or for you brave souls out there add a cup of brandy before simmering!

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