Tuesday, 8 December 2009


It's our adventing for today--get a pot of gluhwein going and enjoy it while watching one of the Christmas movies we've got (probably the Heat Miser/Cold Miser one, it's my man's favorite).

Steve introduced me to gluhwein. I think gluhwein plus nighttime Christmas markets equals happy memories of the six years he spent in Germany. We tracked down a how-to and it gets made at least a few times each winter. You would think that after living in Napa I'd be horrified at the thought of heating up a perfectly good bottle of wine but no. It's the perfect Christmasy drink, all fragrant and warm and sweet. And no goodly amount of teasing from the cute Scottish couple we met in Kenya (how can you like that crap?!) will change my mind. Here she is, via recipezaar.


1 bottle red wine
4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
rind of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar

Combine wine + sugar and heat on stove until just before boiling. Wrap remaining ingredients in cheesecloth, tie, and add to wine mixture. Simmer on stove for about 15 minutes. Ladle into your favorite coffee mugs.

in the photograph is Pride merlot, quite possibly our all-time favorite, but no way did we use that for gluhwein! that would be a sin. feel free to go way cheaper. we do.

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