Glühwein…sigh. This warm, spiced wine based beverage truly is delectable and until two years ago we never knew it existed! In 2014 when Sparky and I were about to spend our 1st Christmas in Germany, we went to the Christmas Market in Munich city center. Wandering around the various stalls selling lovely decorations, candles and Creches, we noted the wonderful aroma of sausages being grilled and saw all these people standing about eating Bratwurst Semmel and holding steaming cups of ” something.” Of course we investigated closely, ’cause we’re nosy like that, and hungry, of course, and thirsty, of course. What we found were stands selling cups of this delicious fruity and spiced wine. They had big vats of Glühwein, both white or red wine based, but red is much more popular. Munich, and all other towns and cities has a commemorative cup or mug with a image on it and the year. The image is maybe a building unique to the city or a Church. The drill is you buy your cup of wine but you pay 2€ extra for the cup. If you return the cup you get the extra money back. That’s a good plan because you could end up with a 100 cups by the end of the season depending on how many Christmas Markets you attend, or how thirsty you are that day! If you wish you may also purchase a shot of Schnapps or Vodka or Rum to add to your Glühwein. We never indulged in that practice. I don’t know about you but we preferred to be walking upright through the Christmas Markets and not crawling :-).
So, how about we build us some Glühwein? It is so simple to make with very few ingredients. It will be ready in a snap for when you come in from Ice Skating, or Snow Shoeing or as Sparky said, “we can build a fire outside and just sit and drink!”
Sparky last year in Nurnberg enjoying a Bratwurst Semmel with a cup of Glühwein.