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How to Make Traditional Glühwein, with and without alcohol at Home, Using Very Simple Ingredients

Teresa And Glenn

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5 Videos (46m)
    • Introduction

      1:46
    • GLÜHWEIN (Non Alcoholic)

      10:39
    • GLÜHWEIN (Alcoholic)

      14:56
    • Irish Coffee

      6:11
    • Hot toddy

      12:09

About This Class

Glühwein (roughly translated as "glow-wine", from the hot irons once used for mulling) is popular in German-speaking countries and in the region of Alsace in France. It is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmas holidays. In Alsace Christmas markets, it is traditionally the only alcoholic beverage served. Due to its low alcohol degree because of the warming process, children are also allowed to drink it, while eating local pastries like gingerbread. The oldest documented Glühwein tankard is attributed to Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen,[citation needed] a German nobleman who was the first grower of Riesling grapes. This gold-plated lockable silver tankard is dated to c. 1420.

Glühwein is usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods. It is sometimes drunk mit Schuss (with a shot), which means that rum or some other liquor has been added. Fruit wines, such as blueberry wine and cherry wine, are occasionally used instead of grape wine in some parts of Germany. There is also a variation of Glühwein which is made with white wine. However, white Glühwein is less popular than its red counterpart.

Another popular variant of Glühwein in Germany is the Feuerzangenbowle. It shares the same recipe, but for this drink a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and allowed to drip into the wine.

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