My mom made a wonderful treat for us over Christmas break. The photo above is from Google Images because I was apparently too tired after our long drive south to even get out the camera.
Gluhwein is a warm red wine drink. It comes from Germany and I remember my mom making it years ago when we lived there. I don't remember having it before, but it had a nice, familiar flavor to it.
It was really delicious and I plan to make it next year!
1 bottle red wine (an inexpensive full-bodied fruity wine is best like Gallo Ruby Cabernet, a red Zinfandel, or a Shiraz)
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into 1-2 inch pieces
16 whole cloves
2 Tbsp honey
1 heaping teaspon of allspice, nutmeg, and coriander mixed together
1 wineglass full of water
Pour water in large pan and place over medium heat.
Add cinnamon, honey and spices.
While honey is dissolving, cut the orange into quarters lengthways, then cut them in half.
Push two of the cloves into each of the 8 pieces and add to the pan.
Pour in the wine.
Bring the heat up, but turn the heat off before it starts boiling.
As soon as it's cool enough to taste check for sweetness. Add a little sugar to taste and stir to dissolve.
Let the pan stand for an hour or more to let the flavors develop.
Warm gently before serving and pour into heat-proof glasses or mugs
Leave the oranges and spices in the pan.
Can garnish with a lemon slice or a cinnamon stick. Not necessary though.
The alcohol doesn't all burn off so best not to serve to the kids.