Christmas is rapidly approaching now and those of us living in Germany will no doubt have already had the pleasure of sampling the famous “Glühwein” at one of the multitudes of Christmas Markets that start in late November and go on right up until Christmas Eve or even into the New Year.
Traditionally, Glühwein is made from red wine, but of course, Mosel wine is predominantly white. It would be a bit of an insult to the local wine producers not to attempt to make some using the local plonk, so I reproduce here a recipe I found on the German cooking website http://www.kochbar.de/. It is the best translation from German to English I could manage, but I think it is reasonably accurate.
Weißer Glühwein (Mulled White Wine)
- 600 ml dry white wine
- 150 ml Vodka
- One orange
- Five cloves
- Two cinnamon sticks
- Half teaspoon cardamom seeds
- Three tablespoons of honey
- Freshly grated nutmeg to taste
- Lemon slices, to serve.
Slice the orange and throw into a saucepan along with all the other ingredients. Cover and heat gently but do not boil for at least ten minutes (if you boil it you will evaporate off the alcohol and we don’t want that now do we?). Taste and add more honey if necessary. Serve hot in heat-resistant glasses garnished with a light sprinkling of cinnamon, one clove and a slice of lemon.
Please note this is just one variation on a theme – the aforementioned website has numerous other recipes for mulled white wine, so feel free to experiment to come up with different spice and citrus combinations to make your own personalised Christmas drink!