Since our German vacation didn't happen this past holiday season I felt in need of something from home... So I made some traditional Gluehwein! It put me in the spirit of Christmas and with the cold and snow here in Colorado I could imagine myself on the Christmas markets in Germany, hands warmed from the Gluehwein and in wonderful company of friends. I missed that this last Christmas... But here is to tradition!
It’s easy to make! You will need:
one bottle of red wine
three cinnamon sticks
agave syrup or honey
five star anise
a little bit of cardamom
Heat up the wine to a simmer (don’t boil it!)
Add the spices and honey as well as cut up oranges
Cook it all down for 3 hours (add spices as needed, don’t let it come to a boil)
ENJOY really hot, but don’t drink all at once!