Glühwein(mulled wine)

mulling iron Common style mulling iron.

If you are not familiar with the term ‘Mulled’ then a short history lesson will be helpful. Mulled or Mulling in short means to warm or to heat up a liquid. That term is often applied to fruit juices, wine, alcoholic beverages and sometimes is also applied to beer.

Mulling(to heat) was accomplished using a mulling iron that was heated in a fireplace or in / on a wood/coal burning stove.
As the name implies the mull tool was made by the local blacksmith from wrought iron.

When a drink was to be mulled the hot mull iron was inserted into the drink thus warming the drink. The iron was then reheated for reuse as needed.

Who put the Glüh in my wine?
Glühwein is another winter / holiday season drink to be enjoyed at every opportunity. In short Glühwein is a warm spiced red wine. It seems that every German has their own ‘secret’ recipe. However all have a few things in common.

Red wine, the good kind that you like to drink.
Cinnamon stick(s), cloves, sugar, orange and lemon juice and zest from these fruits.
Other optional ingredients: brandy, rum, nutmeg and/or raisins.

In a very well cleaned saucepan, Not aluminum(it will affect the taste) combine 1/2 to 1 cup water, 1/2 to 1 cup sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly, then reduce heat and continue to simmer.
Cut 1 orange and 1 lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the pot. Place cloves into the orange peel and drop into the mixture. Add any optional spices. Continue heating until the mixture starts to thicken like syrup.

Pour in the wine and any optional alcoholic beverages and stir, heating gradually until steaming hot, about 150 – 160 degrees.
DO NOT BOIL. Alcohol evaporates at about 180 degrees. Remove oranges, lemons and cloves. Serve in prewarmed mugs.

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5 responses to “Glühwein(mulled wine)

  1. love both of these… have some wonderful memories of shopping at winter fest with Gluhwein…. nice to see what was in the wonderful mixture and now I can make it at home! 🙂

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  2. Very interesting! Sounds like a great winter beverage!

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  3. Fascinating. I didn’t realize there was a special instrument for mulled wine. We just used the poker (cleaned of course!)

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    • Grin .. in reality any metal object will work as a mull iron. However a true to shape iron was hammered somewhat flat on it’s end to increase the surface area of the heated part of a mull iron.

      Happy Glühwein season

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