Christmas markets are a staple in Germany; the streets are adorned with twinkling lights, artisan craftwork, and of course, a mighty Christmas tree. A stroll through the market wouldn’t be complete without a cup of spiced mulled wine in tow, also known as glühwein in Germany and Austria. You’ve probably tasted this comforting beverage at holiday parties, but may be surprised to know this winter cocktail has been enjoyed since ancient Rome and was used as herbal medicine to ward off the winter chill. Inspired by this Austrian glühwein recipe, Traditional Medicinals crafted a slightly spicier version using their organic Ginger tea.
- 2 x 750-ml bottles red wine, preferably a Beaujolais or another light and fruity red with no oak
- 1 cup sugar, or add honey in last to taste
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 allspice berry
- 1 star anise
- 1 orange, zest and juice
- 1 apple, diced (preferably Gala)
- Zest of 1/4 lemon
- 2-3 bags of Traditional Medicinals organic Ginger tea
- You can use a large soup pan or slow cooker for this recipe. Toast the spices at the bottom of your pan until you smell the aroma. This step is optional, but we highly recommend it: it really brings out the spicy flavors!
- Add in your wine and all other ingredients, including your tea bags. If using honey in lieu of sugar, add it in last to taste.
- Bring mixture to a simmer (not a boil) and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes. For extra flavor, let it sit overnight and re-heat to serve. Alternatively, use a slow cooker on low for 4-8 hours.
- Strain out the herbs and spices, and serve warm with cinnamon sticks, orange slices, star anise, or cinnamon sticks as a garnish