Cranberry Faux-Glühwein

Glühwein (or mulled wine or kuhano vino as it’s known in my house) is my FAVORITE holiday drink, something I look forward to having at the Christmas markets every year. However this year my local food co-op was offering fresh, local cranberries so I thought, “Why not make a holiday drink out of them?” Cranberries are already a part of many holiday dishes and cranberry juice is delicious (from healthier brands that don’t overload it in added sugar), plus super healthy. So….voilà, my cranberry faux-glühwein.

Tip: You can freeze it in an ice cube tray then store in a ziplock bag in the freezer! This works well if you make a lot all at once. Plus you can easily defrost them by popping a few cubes into a mug in the microwave or in a pot on the stove.

  • 12-15 oz of  cranberries
  • 2 sticks cinnamon (or 2 teaspoons of ground)
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2– 1 cup of sugar (gauge this based on the tartness of the cranberries and orange juice, but I would start with about 1/2 of a cup–of course, feel free to use any kind of substitute such as honey)
  • 12 oz of orange juice

In a medium to large sized pot, combine the cranberries, cinnamon, cloves and 4 cups of water. Boil until the cranberries have broken down pretty well, about 15 minutes.(FYI: When the mixture starts to boil the cranberries will start to crack open, so don’t be alarmed by the popping noises!) Cool and strain through a cheesecloth to separate out the liquid. Disgard the cranberry pulp and return the liquid to the pot, along with the orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes longer.

Tip: Let the glühwein cool and pour into ice cube trays to freeze. Once set pop them out and store in a ziplock bag for future use

Tip #2: Make it alcoholic with a bit of brandy!

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