Mulled wine, also known as Glögi or Glühwein, is a hot winter beverage traditionally from Scandinavia. Originally a type of spiced liqueur that was used to warm up messengers during sub-zero journeys, the recipe has changed over centuries to a simple red wine that’s simmered with classic mulling spices like clove, cinnamon and anise. If you’ve ever traveled to Finland, Norway or Sweden, you’ll know that it’s a staple found in most bars, restaurants and celebrations during the winter months. In America, mulled wine’s popularity has been on the rise. In recent years, pre-made versions have slowly popped up at many different grocery store chains, markets and holiday gatherings. But there’s no need to adventure to the store, let alone Scandinavia, to enjoy a big mug of this delicious spiced drink during snow season. Just simply follow our recipe and video below for a sure-fire way to keep yourself and your guests happy during the holidays!
1 bottle red wine (cabernet or merlot work best)
1 orange, sliced and zested
¼ cup bourbon (optional)
¼ cup honey or sugar
8 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
1. In a non-aluminum sauce pan, combine all ingredients and let simmer for at least 20 minutes.
2. Strain and pour into mugs. Garnish with orange peel, one cinnamon stick and one star anise.