•   10 min preparation time plus 20-30 min cooking time

    Preparation Time

  • easy

    Difficulty Level

  • For a 750ml bottle of red wine


The first report of a spiced and heated wine dates back to Roman times, during the 2nd century. With the spread of the Roman Empire, the wine and the recipe became known to Germany, Austria and Scotland. Glühwein is traditionally served during the Christmas holidays. The variations in its preparation are numerous, but they all have one thing in common: the use of many spices. It’s a very delicious beverage suitable for the cold nights of the winter.


Aromatic, For Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten-free

  • 1 bottle (750ml) red wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Peel from 1 lemon
  • Peel from 1 orange
  • 1 orange in slices
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 10 whole cloves Sunspices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks Sunspices
  • 1 cardamom seed Sunspices, opened in half
  • A pinch of nutmeg Sunspices


We pour the wine in a large pot and add all the remaining ingredients except for the honey. We warm it on medium-high heat. When it starts getting warm, that is when we see the first steam rising from the surface, we add the honey and we whisk until the honey is fully dissolved. We reduce the heat to very low and simmer the wine for about 20-25 minutes. We remove from the heat, cover the pot with a lid and let the wine infuse for about 5 minutes. We strain and serve in glasses or cups.

Tips & information about the recipe

When served in glass, we can add for decoration as well as for extra taste and aroma orange slices, cloves, cinnamon stick, or even star anise.

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