Recipes from the Mosel – Riesling Glühwein

Christmas is not far away now and most of us living in Germany will have already sampled the famous “Glühwein”. Known elsewhere as mulled wine, this warming drink is popular at the Christmas markets which start in late November.

Glühwein is usually made from red wine, but of course, Mosel wine is mostly white. It would be insulting to local wine producers not to make it using local plonk, so here is a recipe I found on the German cooking website

Weißer Glühwein (Mulled White Wine)


  • 600 ml dry Riesling, or any other dry white wine
  • 150 ml Vodka
  • One orange
  • Five whole 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!

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