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Spiced German Glühwein

Kristina Todini, RDN
Spiced German Glühwein, a German-style holiday mulled red wine recipe with oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and brandy. A festive holiday party punch alternative!
5 stars (2 ratings)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Drinks + Cocktails
Cuisine German
Servings 5 servings
Calories 224 kcal


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 10 whole dried cloves
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • ¼ cup brandy bourbon, rum, or amaretto
  • Garnish: orange slices, cinnamon stick, star anise


  • To make spiced simple syrup: Combine orange juice and sugar in a medium saucepan, simmering over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise and simmer until the liquid is reduced and starts to thicken.
  • Combine simple syrup with the wine: Reduce heat to medium-low and add red wine, being careful not to simmer or boil (which burns off the alcohol). Add liquor of choice (brandy or amaretto are great options), heating just below a simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve the glühwein: Serve warm with an orange slice.
  • Heating tip: Keep warm for up to four hours over a low heat, but do not boil.


  • Notes: Be careful not to boil wine or else alcohol will burn off...and then it will just be juice. Keep glühwein warm during a party by placing in a serving dish over low heat (a hotplate works well for parties) for up to four hours.
  • Tools needed: environmentally-friendly cookware, mulled wine set, serving ladle, and a hotplate if keep warm during a party
  • Prep ahead: Combine mulling spices head of time (they also make great edible holiday gifts!); make spiced simple syrup up to a week ahead of time and reheat before making mulled wine.
  • Leftovers and storage: After cooling wine to room temperature, store in an airtight pitcher in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat over the stove until warm, but not boiling.
  • Nutrition notes: This holiday spiced wine recipe is a great low calorie celebratory drink. The added sugar is a traditional ingredient addition that only slightly sweetens the wine, however you could omit it and it would still be a delicious holiday party option.


Serving: 1serving (5 ounces)Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 105IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gluhwein, holiday mulled wine, mulled red wine, spiced german glühwein
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