Kuhano Vino (Glühwein or Mulled Wine)

OK, I’m obsessed with Christmas and what better way to celebrate Advent but by drinking kuhano vino (glühwein in German) with your kobasica (sausage) or pečeni kesteni (roasted chestnuts) while strolling through a Christmas market?!?! No better! (Although my cranberry faux-glühwein is pretty amazing, too.) Especially if you are anywhere in Central-Europe, but particularly Germany and Austria, or course. From personal experience, Budapest and Zagreb also have amazing markets in the Central-European tradition, the later of which I missed a great deal this year since Brussels’ version (and pretty much every city I’ve been to in Belgium this December) is kind of tacky and not charming at all, in my humble opinion. I mean, who wants to see ugly flashy neon carnival rides circa the 1980s at one? Eww. How UN-charming. No, Brussels was a huge disappointment, not least of which was due to the most horrible vin chaud (kuhano vino in French) I’ve ever had. But what is it that they say, out of desperation or necessity comes invention? Or something to that effect? Well, thats why this season, all my kuhano vino will be homemade–at least until I head back to Croatia for Christmas or make any weekend trips to Germany. Guess I should invest in some proper mugs. 🙂

  • 1 bottle of a dry red wine, like a Merlot
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • lemon peel from one lemon
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • few shakes of cardamum
  • rum (optional, but yummy!)

Bring the wine to an almost boil over medium-high heat. Once it looks like its just about to boil, add the rest of the ingredients and lower the heat to simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain out the cloves and lemon peel and serve warm.

Enjoy!

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